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5/6/2020

Ancient DNA illuminates the history of the pre-Columbian settlement of the Caribbean

Ancient DNA illuminates the history of the pre-Columbian settlement of the Caribbean


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The Caribbean was one of the last regions of the Americas to be colonized by humans thousands of years ago. Now, a new study published in the journal Science sheds new light on the initial colonization of the Caribbean islands.

Using ancient DNA, the international research team with the participation of the Institute for Evolutionary Biology (IBE: CSIC-UPF) found evidence of at least three events that led to the human population of the region.

"The new data gives us a fascinating insight into the history of early migrations in the Caribbean and connects the region with the rest of the Americas," says Hannes Schroeder, associate professor at the Globe Institute, University of Copenhagen, and co-responsible of the study. "The results of DNA analysis shed light on archaeological discoveries and allow us to examine in detail how the Caribbean was first colonized."

The international team's research shows a connection between the continental Americas and the islands, and the various groups established and resettled in the Caribbean on several occasions.

 

Reference:
K. Nägele et al., "Genomic insights into the early peopling of the Caribbean"; (2020). Science. DOI: 10.1126/science.aba8697

More information:
IBE website