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Reports from Natural History Museum Highlight Recent Findings in General Science

June 13, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Science Letter -- Current study results on Science have been published. According to news reporting originating from Copenhagen, Denmark, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "Because of differences in craniofacial morphology and dentition between the earliest American skeletons and modern Native Americans, separate origins have been postulated for them, despite genetic evidence to the contrary."

Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from Natural History Museum, "We describe a near-complete human skeleton with an intact cranium and preserved DNA found with extinct fauna in a submerged cave on Mexico'sYucatan Peninsula. This skeleton dates to between 13,000 and 12,000 calendar years ago and has Paleoamerican craniofacial characteristics and a Beringian-derived mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) haplogroup (D1)."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Thus, the differences between Paleoamericans and Native Americans probably resulted from in situ evolution rather than separate ancestry."

For more information on this research see: Late Pleistocene Human Skeleton and mtDNA Link Paleoamericans and Modern Native Americans. Science, 2014;344(6185):750-754. Science can be contacted at: Amer Assoc Advancement Science, 1200 New York Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA. (Springer -; Science -

The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting J.C. Chatters, Nat Hist Museum Denmark, Geol Museum, Center GeoGenet, Copenhagen, Denmark. Additional authors for this research include D.J. Kennett, Y. Asmerom, B.M. Kemp, V. Polyak, A.N. Blank, P.A. Beddows, E. Reinhardt, J. Arroyo-Cabrales, D.A. Bolnick, R.S. Malhi, B.J. Culleton, P.L. Erreguerena, D. Rissolo, S. Morell-Hart and T.W. Stafford (see also Science).

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