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  • Genetic study helps resolve years of speculation about first people in the Americas

    Genetic evidence in the new study supports the hypothesis that the first people in the Americas all came from northeast Asia by crossing a land bridge known as Beringia. When sea levels rose after the last ice age the land bridge disappeared.

    Genetic evidence in the new study supports the hypothesis that the first people in the Americas all came from northeast Asia by crossing a land bridge known as Beringia. When sea levels rose after the last ice age the land bridge disappeared.

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  • To reach Ripan Malhi, email malhi@illinois.edu. To reach Jim Chatters, call 425-770-9641; email paleosci@gmail.com.

    The paper, “Late Pleistocene Human Skeleton and MtDNA Link Paleoamericans and Modern Native Americans,” is available online. Members of the media may request a copy by emailing scipak@aaas.org. Others may email membership@aaas.org.