First New World inhabitants had strong ties with Europe, study suggests – Jomon and Ainu from Japan show morphological similarities with European populations

Here we present extended parts of the very interesting paper titled “Old World sources of the first New World human inhabitants: a comparative craniofacial view“, by
C. Loring Brace et al. Continue reading “First New World inhabitants had strong ties with Europe, study suggests – Jomon and Ainu from Japan show morphological similarities with European populations”

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14,000-year-old village unearthed in Canada

The oral history of the Heiltsuk Nation, an Aboriginal group based on the Central Coast of British Columbia, tells of a coastal strip of land that did not freeze during the ice age, making it a place of refuge for early inhabitants of the territory. As Roshini Nair reports for the CBC, a recent archaeological discovery attests to an ancient human presence in the area associated with the tradition. While digging on British Columbia’s Triquet Island, archaeologists unearthed a settlement that dates to the period of the last ice age. Continue reading “14,000-year-old village unearthed in Canada”

Two ancient populations that diverged later ‘reconverged’ in the Americas

A new genetic study of ancient individuals in the Americas and their contemporary descendants finds that two populations that diverged from one another 18,000 to 15,000 years ago remained apart for millennia before mixing again. This historic “reconvergence” occurred before or during their expansion to the southern continent. Continue reading “Two ancient populations that diverged later ‘reconverged’ in the Americas”

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