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New group of ancient Siberians discovered

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Two children's milk teeth buried deep in a remote archaeological site in north eastern Siberia have revealed a previously unknown group of people lived there during the last Ice Age.

The finding was part of a wider study which also discovered 10,000 year-old human remains in another site in Siberia are genetically related to Native Americans—the first time such close genetic links have been discovered outside of the US.

The international team of scientists, led by Professor Eske Willerslev who holds positions at St John's College, University of Cambridge, and is director of The Lundbeck Foundation Centre for GeoGenetics at the University of Copenhagen, have named the new people group the 'Ancient North Siberians' and described their existence as 'a significant part of human history'.

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-dna-year-old-teeth-discovery-group.html

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@Swede  What do you think boss? 

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On 6/5/2019 at 3:55 PM, Piney said:

@Swede  What do you think boss? 

Willerslev has been conducting some very nice work in recent years and these data fit nicely with a number of proposed or otherwise supported scenarios.

Among other points, this research supports partial Western Asian/Eastern Europe origins (X haplogroup), the Beringia Standstill hypothesis, and the high degree of adaptation to LGM-type environments. This latter may actually support the recently mentioned glacial refugia entry strategy.

As always, more research will be needed, but this would appear to be another link in the ever-growing understandings.

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