The genome sequence of a 24,000-year-old Siberian individual has provided a key piece of the puzzle by demonstrating genomic signatures that are basal to present-day western Eurasians and close to modern Native Americans. This surprising finding has great consequences for our understanding of how and from where ancestral Native Americans descended, and also of the genetic landscape of Eurasia 24,000 years ago.
“It is remarkable how much we can learn about human history from these Paleolithic Siberian remains”, says Dr. Mattias Jakobsson, Associated member of SciLifeLab and Assistant Professor at Evolutionary Biology Centre, Uppsala University. “We can access genetic information on lost peoples that help us understand the peopling of the Americas much beyond what would be possible based on genetic variation in modern-day populations“.
As such, results from this study contribute a major leap forward for resolving the peopling of the Americas.
Assistant Professor Mattias Jakobsson
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