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New World's Oldest Skeleton Is a Key Genetic Link
WSJ ^ | 15 May 2014 | Robert Lee Hotz

Posted on 05/15/2014 11:37:31 AM PDT by Theoria

Remains Found in Mexico Connect Earliest Settlers With Continent's Natives

She was just a teenager when she died alone in the dark.

The scientists who analyzed her bones said Thursday that she is the oldest nearly complete, genetically intact human skeleton in the New World. Her remains—discovered deep within a flooded cave in Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula—cement the connection between the earliest settlers of the Americas and modern Native Americans.

A unique genetic marker exhumed from her 12,000-year-old skeleton offers evidence that the first hunter-gatherers who crossed the Bering Sea from northeast Asia on a now-submerged territory called Beringia belonged to the same population group as many Native Americans today, the scientists said.

"It is a lineage we see across the Americas," said anthropologist Deborah Bolnick of the University of Texas at Austin, who helped analyze maternal DNA extracted from a tooth taken from the skeleton.

The international team of 16 anthropologists, geneticists, and cave divers reported their findings Thursday in the journal Science.

If confirmed by additional research, the bones of a girl who long ago lost her way may help settle an emotionally charged debate that has raged among scholars for a century over the origins of the people who settled the New World and the identity of their descendants today. Other theories have held that the earliest settlers may have come from the South Pacific by boat or paddled across the Atlantic from Spain.

"This is one step toward resolving this question," said James Chatters, owner of Applied Paleoscience, an archaeological-consulting firm in Bothell, Wash., who led the research project.

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TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: clovis; d1; dna; godsgravesglyphs; helixmakemineadouble; mexico; mtdna; paleoamerican; paleoindian
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1 posted on 05/15/2014 11:37:31 AM PDT by Theoria
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To: SunkenCiv

ping, looks like this one might be fun in the future. I look forward to more data on the haps.


2 posted on 05/15/2014 11:38:16 AM PDT by Theoria (End Socialism : No more GOP and Dem candidates)
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To: Theoria

How do they know she died alone and in the dark?


3 posted on 05/15/2014 11:46:07 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Has anyone seen my tagline? It was here yesterday. I seem to have misplaced it.)
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To: IYAS9YAS

twitter account.


4 posted on 05/15/2014 11:51:30 AM PDT by Theoria (End Socialism : No more GOP and Dem candidates)
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To: Theoria

In before the Helen Thomas jokes.


5 posted on 05/15/2014 11:52:05 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: IYAS9YAS

They have PhDs, or maybe they read her diary.


6 posted on 05/15/2014 11:53:53 AM PDT by Hieronymus ( (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G.K. Chesterton))
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To: IYAS9YAS
How do they know she died alone and in the dark?

I had the same question. I figure they found a video alongside her.

7 posted on 05/15/2014 12:08:41 PM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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To: Theoria

now-submerged territory called Beringia

PROOF of Global Warming! We’re all gonna die!

/of course, these folks came across Beringia using their greenhouse gas emitting SUV’s, right?


8 posted on 05/15/2014 12:16:34 PM PDT by ro_dreaming (Chesterton, 'Christianity has not been tried and found wanting. ItÂ’s been found hard and not tried')
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To: IYAS9YAS
"How do they know she died alone and in the dark?"

At a nearby site archaeologists found pieces of arrowheads, burned wood, and a fossilized milk carton with a "MISSING" charcoal drawing of her, noting she was last seen walking away into the woods at night.

9 posted on 05/15/2014 12:17:23 PM PDT by Carl Vehse
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To: Theoria

So Native Americans aren’t.


10 posted on 05/15/2014 12:36:05 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Operating out of weakness? Imagine if he was working from a position of strength!)
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To: IYAS9YAS

They know everything. This is more of the junk science. Why did they find only her bones ? How about the other people that lived in this so-called time frame.


11 posted on 05/15/2014 12:44:24 PM PDT by Busko (The only thing that is certain is that nothing is certain.)
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To: NonValueAdded

We all can from somewhere. Ebb and flow.


12 posted on 05/15/2014 12:49:48 PM PDT by Theoria (End Socialism : No more GOP and Dem candidates)
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To: IYAS9YAS

The batteries in her flashlight were dead.


13 posted on 05/15/2014 12:50:43 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: PistolPaknMama
I figure they found a video alongside her.

Was it Girls Gone Wild? Teenage girls have been known to go pretty wild in Cancun.

14 posted on 05/15/2014 12:52:13 PM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: IYAS9YAS
How do we know she was alone?? Bill Clinton's ancestors wasn't around...neither was Ted Kennedy's.

Then again, since she was found in water, maybe his ancestor had an accident on a bridge.

15 posted on 05/15/2014 1:17:25 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: Carl Vehse

“she died alone and in the dark?”

They had the EPA and Obamacare back then too? :-)


16 posted on 05/15/2014 1:30:49 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Elsie; Godzilla

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

bang goes that theory about the Jews


17 posted on 05/15/2014 2:03:03 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: NonValueAdded

They should be called Siberian Americans.


18 posted on 05/15/2014 2:31:46 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: TigersEye

LOL!


19 posted on 05/15/2014 5:10:12 PM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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To: PistolPaknMama

She came across that land bridge from China so you know where the batteries were made. ;-)


20 posted on 05/15/2014 5:19:44 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: Theoria; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...
Thanks Theoria. Could use a few pounds.

21 posted on 05/15/2014 9:05:56 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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> A unique genetic marker exhumed from her 12,000-year-old skeleton offers evidence that the first hunter-gatherers who crossed the Bering Sea from northeast Asia on a now-submerged territory called Beringia belonged to the same population group as many Native Americans today...

Meaning that the 30,000 year old human activity in South America shows that the first (known) Americans spread north and across the Bering Sea into Asia. See, that’s how ya do that.


22 posted on 05/15/2014 9:07:49 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Theoria

Such a brilliant conclusion these scientists have come to. For most of us I believe this revelation simple deserves the comment, “No sh.t Sherlock.”


23 posted on 05/15/2014 9:17:45 PM PDT by Jay Redhawk (Oh Crap!)
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To: TigersEye

‘She came across that land bridge from China so you know where the batteries were made. ;-)’
LOL. I see you have used them too.


24 posted on 05/15/2014 9:26:50 PM PDT by Foundahardheadedwoman (God don't have a statute of limitations)
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To: Theoria

The skeleton is but one data point. It does not exclude other origins. To assume a linearity of all populations is fallacious.


25 posted on 05/16/2014 4:12:20 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: NonValueAdded

By that definition there are no native humans outside Africa. This girl is from a population of humans who migrated to the New World and evolved into various peoples. By my definition that’s about as native as you get.

BTW - Pliestocene Europeans didn’t look like modern Euros either.


26 posted on 05/16/2014 4:26:17 AM PDT by Varda
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To: Theoria; Utah Binger
New World's Oldest Skeleton Is a Key Genetic Link

14 different Temples® have had proxy baptisms for this person.

SLC is just SURE that he(?) has accepted it's offer!

27 posted on 05/16/2014 4:52:23 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: IYAS9YAS
How do they know she died alone and in the dark?

DNA proving she(?) was Jewish...

A unique genetic marker exhumed from her 12,000-year-old skeleton offers evidence that the first hunter-gatherers who crossed the Bering Sea from northeast Asia on a now-submerged territory called Beringia belonged to the same population group as many Native Americans today, the scientists said.

28 posted on 05/16/2014 4:54:25 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: dfwgator
In before the Helen Thomas jokes.

I WAS ready to jump in; after reading the title; then wavered over choosing Hillary, but decided she wasn't QUITE dead yet.

29 posted on 05/16/2014 4:56:34 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: sportutegrl

Also some matrons...


30 posted on 05/16/2014 4:57:41 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: ExCTCitizen; Vermont Lt
How do we know she was alone??

Is it possible....


31 posted on 05/16/2014 5:04:10 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Georgia Girl 2; Godzilla; reaganaut
Remains Found in Mexico Connect Earliest Settlers With Continent's Natives

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32 posted on 05/16/2014 5:07:26 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: bert
It does not exclude other origins.

Could it be???

33 posted on 05/16/2014 5:08:46 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: dfwgator
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34 posted on 05/16/2014 5:13:44 AM PDT by Clay Moore (I Like My Guns Like Obama Likes His Voters: Undocumented)
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To: Hieronymus
They have PhDs...

Post Hole Diggers?

Piled Higher & Deeper?

35 posted on 05/16/2014 7:54:48 AM PDT by uglybiker (nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-BATMAN!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Just because she came from Siberia doesn’t mean no one from anywhere else came to the Americas. Sheesh.


36 posted on 05/16/2014 2:43:27 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: SunkenCiv
I wonder how the new data 'fits' with these?

Vintage Skulls

37 posted on 05/17/2014 10:26:49 AM PDT by blam
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To: Theoria

Mitochondrial (mtDNA) = D1 in this case. For reference and for anyone interested. I am going to look to see if I have any (distant) cousins who have it (I am not kidding). I do genealogy and have had my DNA tested. It is VERY hard to find/get samples for American Indians, apparently, because of cultural reasons etc.


38 posted on 05/25/2014 3:43:36 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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