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“Clovis Boy” DNA links ancient boy to American Indians and other Native peoples in the Americas

“Clovis Boy” DNA links ancient boy to American Indians and other Native peoples in the Americas

The 18-month-old’s bones discovered in Montana in 1968 are the only human remains ever found associated with the Clovis culture in the Americas. Whether the Clovis were the first people of the Americas, and the details of their migration routes, are hot research topics. The boy's genome shows that his lineage came from northeastern Asia, and that his people are direct ancestors of about 80% of Native Americans alive today. His genome also rules out any close affinity between Clovis and European people. This is in agreement with people migrating into the Americas about 15,000 years ago via a land bridge connecting what is now eastern Siberia with western Alaska.

Did you know? Clovis people crafted the “Clovis point,” a beautifully shaped projectile point found in northern Mexico, New Mexico, Texas, and many other portions of the United States.

2014