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Native Americans Descended From a Single Ancestral Group, DNA Study Confirms

April 28, 2009

American Indian After comparing DNA samples from people in dozens of modern-day Native American and Eurasian groups, an international team of scientists has provided robust evidence to support the theory that all Native Americans and Western Beringians trace a large portion of their ancestry to a single founding population, and that this population may have been isolated from other Asian groups prior to expanding into the Americas. Full Story

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University of California, Davis

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