11,500-year-old infant remains reveal ancient population

Ancient remains of infants were found at the Upward Sun River base camp depicted here.

Story highlights

  • DNA from a 11,500-year-old infant skeleton revealed a previously unknown ancient population
  • The Ancient Beringians, as well as all Native Americans, can be traced to one population that migrated from Asia

(CNN)The skeletons of two ancient infants, who lived and died in Alaska 11,500 years ago, are helping tell the story of a previously unknown population called the Ancient Beringians, according to a study published in the journal Nature on Wednesday. This is the first genomic evidence that all Native Americans can be traced back to the same population that migrated using a land bridge.

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