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Native American population dropped by half after European contact

A DNA study has revealed that the thriving Native American population shrank by half after European contact. Using samples of ancient and modern mitochondrial DNA—which is passed down only from mothers to daughters—the researchers calculated a demographic history for American Indians. (Get an overview of human genetics.) Based on the data, the

American Indians and their dogs

The Modesto Bee has posted an interesting article about California's American Indian groups and their warm relationships with their dogs. They were also family pets, as shown by the respect with which they were buried, said Paul Langenwalter, a professor of archaeology and anthropology at Biola University in La Mirada. He

American Indian canoe found in lake bed

A well-preserved Native American canoe has been found buried in a lake bed in Florida. This 23 foot long canoe is believed to be between 5-hundred and 8-hundred years old. It was found in Lake Munson in Leon County last month when the water level was low. Florida has about 350-