NEW YORK (AP) — The DNA of a baby boy who was buried in Montana more than 12,000 years ago has been recovered, and it provides new indications of the ancient roots of today’s American Indians and other native peoples of the Americas.
The boy was part of the Clovis culture, which existed in North America from about 13,000 years ago to about 12,600 years ago.
The boy’s DNA is the oldest genome ever recovered from the Americas.
It shows his people were closely related to native peoples of the Americas, closer to those in Central and South America than those in Canada. The scientists said they had no American Indian DNA for comparison, but that they assume the results would be similar.
The findings are reported Wednesday in the journal Nature.