Baby skeleton from Alaska reveals origins of Native Americans

NEW SCIENTIST | on Wed, Jan 3, 1:00 PM

The excavation of the Upward Sun River infantsBen PotterBy Andy CoghlanShe probably died in her first year. But the skeleton of an infant girl who lived in Alaska 11,500 years ago has yielded tantalising new evidence for how and when people first colonised America[1]. It reinforces a long-standing idea that the first settlers came from Siberia[2], across what was then a land bridge. The girl’s skeleton was recovered in 2013 from the Upward Sun River site in Alaska. It has now yielded enough i...

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