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New insights into the ancient peoples who trekked across Beringia

Two groundbreaking DNA studies give fresh clues about the ancestry of North American peoples and ancient groups’ migrations across Beringia. Anne Stone, a genetic anthropologist and Regents’ Professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, reviewed both studies and discussed their implications.

The first study reveals that a group known as the Paleo-Eskimos — early inhabitants of the Arctic — are in fact the ancestors of many indigenous American groups that range from Northern Canada to the Southwest U.S. gif of Beringia shrinking over millennia Download Full Image

“It shows interesting links between Na-Dene speakers with both the first peoples to migrate into the Americas and Paleo-Eskimo peoples,” Stone says.

The second study shows that over the course of 30,000 years, different groups migrating over Beringia intermixed, creating lineages with genes similar to those of Native Americans.

“The study is exciting because it gives us insight into the population dynamics … that have occurred in northeastern Siberia,” Stone says.

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Article Source: Smithsonian Magazine
Mikala Kass

Communications Specialist, ASU Knowledge Enterprise