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2/18/2014 (1 year ago)

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Scientists say boy's ancestors came from Asia, supporting idea of ancient migration to Americas

Researchers have come closer to finding the origins of Native Americans with the discovery of a baby boy buried in Montana 12,600 years ago. Researchers say that the boy's genome proved that his people were direct ancestors of many of today's native peoples in the Americas.

The boy's ancestors came from Asia, which supports the standard idea of ancient migration to the Americas by the way of a land bridge that disappeared long ago.

The boy's ancestors came from Asia, which supports the standard idea of ancient migration to the Americas by the way of a land bridge that disappeared long ago.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

2/18/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Americas

Keywords: Native Americans, genome, DNA, Asian migration


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The oldest genome ever recovered from the New World, artifacts found with the body show the boy was part of the Clovis culture, which existed in North America from about 13,000 years ago to about 12,600 years ago. The tribe is named for an archaeological site near Clovis, New Mexico.

The boy's genome showed that he was more closely related to those in Central and South America than to those in Canada. The reason for that difference is not yet clear.

Pray for the native peoples of all nations.

Scientists say they have no Native American DNA from the United States available for comparison. They're working under the assumption that the results would be similar, with some Native Americans being direct descendants and others also closely related.

The boy's ancestors came from Asia, which supports the standard idea of ancient migration to the Americas by the way of a land bridge that disappeared long ago.

Genome sequencing in November 2013 on the arm bone of a three-year-old Siberian boy known as the "Mal'ta Boy" - the world's oldest known genome - showed that Native Americans share up to 35 percent of their DNA with people in Eurasia, the Middle East and Europe.

While Native Americans still have genetic connections to East Asia, the extent of their DNA shared with Eurasians was previously unknown. Some scientists believe it is the result of intermingling with Europeans after their colonization of the Americas.

Found northeast of Livingston, Montana, the area is the only burial known from the Clovis culture. The boy was from one year to 18 months old when he died of an unknown cause.

He was buried with 125 artifacts, including spear points and elk antler tools. Some were evidently ritual objects or heirlooms. Covered with powdered red ochre, a natural pigment, the body indicated a burial ceremony.

The skeleton was discovered in 1968 next to a rock cliff. It's only in recent years that scientists have been able to recover and analyze complete genomes from such ancient samples.

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