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  • Y chromosome study sheds light on Athapaskan migration to southwest U.S.

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      Principal investigator Ripan Malhi, a molecular anthropologist in the department of anthropology at Illinois, led a study of the Y chromosome in North American native groups.

      Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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      Dark areas represent the distribution of the Athapaskan language family in North America. Modified from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Na-Dene_langs.png with reference to Campbell (1997) and Goddard (1996).

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      Geronimo, a well-known military leader of the Chiricahua Apache in New Mexico, may have been a descendant of subarctic Athapaskan immigrants.

      Photo courtesy Library of Congress

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