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Ancient DNA Sheds New Light
on Arctic´s Earliest People

National Geographic, by Heather Pringle

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Posted By:mitzi, 8/28/2014 6:36:50 PM

The earliest people in the North American Arctic remained isolated from later arrivals to the region for millennia before vanishing more than 700 years ago, a new genetic analysis shows. The study, published online Thursday, also reveals that today´s Inuit and Native Americans of the Arctic are genetically distinct from the region´s first settlers. Inuit hunters in the Canadian Arctic have long told stories about a mysterious ancient people known as the Tunit, who once inhabited the far north. Tunit men, they recalled, possessed powerful magic and were strong enough to crush the neck of a walrus and singlehandedly haul

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A change of pace from today´s horror stories.

I´ve been fascinated by the DNA studies of human migration ever since I read Spencer Wells´ The Journey of Man and Bryan Sykes´ Seven Daughters of Eve. We had our DNA tested for genetic genealogy.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Brittany, 8/28/2014 6:58:55 PM     (No. 9985070)

Did you see the recent report about the anomalous Kennebuck man found on the west coast? They finally got complete access to his remains. He came around the rim of the Pacific probably by boat but before the Polynesians had developed their migration to Polynesia and so exhibits no relationship to that group. Scientists had been puzzled by his seeming Caucasian traits until this new study. I didn´t see any indication of his age but it was very early. Looking for more details when I have time. Take that Columbus and the Indian tribes.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: dadofboys, 8/28/2014 7:03:27 PM     (No. 9985075)

So who gets the slot machine and cigarette money?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: mitzi, 8/28/2014 7:14:14 PM     (No. 9985086)

#1 - When you have time ...

Kennewick Man´s Ancient Secrets Told in 680-Page Book

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/kennewick-mans-ancient-secrets-told-680-page-book-n188816



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Reply 4 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 8/28/2014 7:39:05 PM     (No. 9985108)

Thanks, OP!

love it!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: veritasmatters, 8/28/2014 7:49:40 PM     (No. 9985119)

Thanks so much for posting -- and accompanying article referenced by other poster also excellent. Most fascinating.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: trapper, 8/28/2014 8:58:49 PM     (No. 9985179)

Always fascinating when legends prove to be based on fact. Now what about that race of 9 foot tall red-headed giants the Indians in the Midwest are supposed to have hunted down and destroyed?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: GW_Rider, 8/29/2014 12:03:19 AM     (No. 9985355)

#6 you mean the ones with the really big feet?

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