24,000-year-old body is kin to both Europeans and North American First Nations – Nov. 20, 2013 New York Times

The Nov. 20, 2013 New York Times article – entitled: “24,000-Year-Old Body Is Kin to Both Europeans and American Indians” – begins as follows:


A view of Lake Baikal in eastern Siberia near where the young boy buried at Mal’ta was discovered. Photo: Nobe Thompson. New York Times, Nov. 20, 2013. The photo is from the article featured at the post you are now reading.


  • The genome of a young boy buried at Mal’ta near Lake Baikal in eastern Siberia some 24,000 years ago has turned out to hold two surprises for anthropologists.
  • The first is that the boy’s DNA matches that of Western Europeans, showing that during the last Ice Age people from Europe had reached farther east across Eurasia than previously supposed. Though none of the Mal’ta boy’s skin or hair survive, his genes suggest he would have had brown hair, brown eyes and freckled skin.
  • The second surprise is that his DNA also matches a large proportion — some 25 percent — of the DNA of living Native Americans. The first people to arrive in the Americas have long been assumed to have descended from Siberian populations related to East Asians. It now seems that they may be a mixture between the Western Europeans who had reached Siberia and an East Asian population.

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