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New group of ancient Native Americans found

Posted on Wednesday, 3 January, 2018 | Comment icon 13 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 (13)

Tags: Native Americans, Beringians

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #4 Posted by Jon the frog on 4 January, 2018, 3:31
Do we need to unrest any corpses we find?
Comment icon #5 Posted by Gingitsune on 4 January, 2018, 8:16
First, the actual paper: 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 on 4 January, 2018, 14:24
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 on 4 January, 2018, 14:51
They came from Siberia. So they're not natives. They're immigrants.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Jon the frog on 4 January, 2018, 16:40
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 on 5 January, 2018, 8:21
maybe the Short Faced Bear and Smilodon had some effect on them as well  
Comment icon #10 Posted by seanjo on 5 January, 2018, 17:32
Native is relative, Native Americans came across the Bering straights I believe. This particular group either died because of disease or more likely by the violent action of another group.....IMO.
Comment icon #11 Posted by seanjo on 5 January, 2018, 17:34
Having said that, the treatment of Native Americans by Europeans and the US was disgusting.  
Comment icon #12 Posted by cormac mac airt on 9 January, 2018, 5:09
And yet, the disgust works both ways:  Source:  Pendleton's History of Tazewell County and Southwest Virginia'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 #13 Posted by Piney on 9 January, 2018, 14:09
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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