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DNA analysis reveals more about Maori settlement

DNA found in the teeth of the first known New Zealanders has been examined to shed some light on how Polynesia was settled. The researchers ground the teeth to a fine powder and dissolved the powder to release mitochondrial DNA. After being purified, the DNA was sequenced using a new technology

Were Australian Aborigines the first Americans?

A study of hundreds of skulls uncovered in Central and South America are pointing to Australian Aborigines as being the first people to reach America. Evolutionary biologist Walter Neves of the University of São Paulo, whose findings are reported in a cover story in the latest issue of Cosmos magazine, has

The “Kelp Highway” Theory

Anthropologists are hypothesizing that a rich marine route, known as the "kelp highway" may have led humans to settle the Pacific coast of the Americas some 15,000 years ago. "I think as much as anything it was an exploratory urge," he said at an international conference on the history of marine mammals

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