Latest Science on Human Origins
Saturday, November 08, 2014
An article posted this afternoon to Popular Science said that the latest genetic research backs up the story about the human populations of Europe and the Americas I tell in the introductory lecture to my Environmental History class (you can see the video here). Specifically, the article said:
Modern Europeans shared at least some DNA with this group of Northern Eurasians, themselves closely related to ancestral Native Americans, who migrated across the frozen land bridge to the Americas about 15,000 years ago. The ancient North Eurasians were not only ancestors of modern Native Americans but provided up to 20 percent of the DNA in modern Europeans as well.