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New group of ancient Native Americans found

January 3, 2018 | Comment icon 11 comments



The ancient Beringians populated what is now Alaska. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Liz
Known as the ancient Beringians, this new group split from the founding population 20,000 years ago.
The discovery is based on a genetic analysis of 11,500-year-old bones unearthed during the excavation of a residential camp in Tanana River Valley, Central Alaska.

The bones, which were found alongside those of a stillborn baby, had belonged to a six-week-old girl who has since been named Xach'itee'aanenh t'eede gaay ('sunrise child-girl') by the local community.
An analysis of her DNA had been expected to reveal that her genetic makeup was similar to that of today's modern lineages of Native Americans, however to everyone's surprise it turned out that she had actually belonged to a completely different, unknown group.

For whatever reason, while other Native American populations moved south as the ice caps thawed, the ancient Beringians chose to remain behind in the north until they eventually died out.



Source: The Guardian | Comments (11)



Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by NightScreams 4 years ago
So something besides my invading ancestors wiped out this native tribe? 
Comment icon #3 Posted by Hammerclaw 4 years ago
This is going to upset a few theories banking on the land route into the America's.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Jon the frog 4 years ago
Do we need to unrest any corpses we find?
Comment icon #5 Posted by Gingitsune 4 years ago
First, the actual paper:https://www.nature.com/articles/nature25173 With the supplements: As you see in the graph a, the closest modern group are American peoples, so these Ancient Beringians and they share ancestry. This is just as I expected. If my theory is right, this group (or his cousins) is the one who brought Y-DNA haplogroup C and mt-DNA X into North American.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Almighty Evan 4 years ago
Important conclusion: "For whatever reason, while other Native American populations moved south as the ice caps thawed, the ancient Beringians chose to remain behind in the north until they eventually died out." The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 pertains to the "rights of Native American lineal descendants, Indian tribes, and Native Hawaiian organizations with respect to the treatment, repatriation, and disposition of Native American human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony, referred to collectively in the statute as cu... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by Black Monk 4 years ago
They came from Siberia. So they're not natives. They're immigrants.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Jon the frog 4 years ago
So without descendant, ancient Beringians corpse have no right and i can make a toothbrush with their bones ? It's just disgusting to have no respect for the dead... a grave site is a grave site and for me, it have to stay undisturbed. We have so many tools now to look at it without disturbing with it...
Comment icon #9 Posted by Barkinghorse 4 years ago
maybe the Short Faced Bear and Smilodon had some effect on them as well  
Comment icon #10 Posted by cormac mac airt 4 years ago
And yet, the disgust works both ways:  Source:  Pendleton's History of Tazewell County and Southwest Virginia  https://books.google.com/books?id=KiQSAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=Pendleton's+History+of+Tazewell+County&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjpmfepi8rYAhXM5YMKHd9JA6kQ6AEIJzAA#v=onepage&q=Pendleton's History of Tazewell County&f=false Rarely is history ever so cut and dried that the blame can be laid solely at the feet of one side over the other.  cormac
Comment icon #11 Posted by Piney 4 years ago
Yup! The Swedes and Dutch sent us after criminals and colony runners and we would bring back just their heads. Until we learned from Europeans scalps were easier to carry.


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