Two recent studies support Beringian origins for first Americans
May 15, 2014 1:50 PM Subscribe
"Because of differences in craniofacial morphology and dentition
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between the earliest American skeletons and modern Native Americans, separate origins have been postulated for them, despite genetic evidence to the contrary." The 12,000-year-old skeleton of a girl with these features, however, confirmed
a Beringian origin.
"Thus, the differences between Paleoamericans and Native Americans probably resulted from in situ evolution rather than separate ancestry."
According to another theory, similarities between Solutrean tools found in Europe
and arrowheads of the American Clovis culture
indicate a possible Ice Age migration from Europe via the Atlantic. But earlier this year, the remains of Anzick boy, a member of the Clovis culture, were analyzed
and also confirmed a Beringian origin, suggesting the independent development of similar technologies in Europe and the Americas.
The possibility of partial proto-European ancestry still exists, however, via mingling that occurred in Siberia
prior to a Beringian crossing.