Originally posted on Nat Geo Education Blog:
The Clovis culture, which developed in North America about 13,000 years ago from populations originally from eastern Asia, appears to be the ancestor of all Native Americans. Geneticists sequenced DNA of the only known Clovis skeleton and found markers shared with indigenous people from North, Central, and South America. (Reuters)
The blue arrows on this map show the icy land bridge spanning “Beringia,” where populations from Asia migrated more than 14,000 years ago. Recent genetic analysis of the remains of a member of the 12,500-year-old Clovis culture revealed markers shared with Beringian populations in Siberia, as well as Native American populations such as the Maya.
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