Ancient bones’ DNA draws a direct line to people living today

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Members of the Metlakatla community are working with scientists in genetic studies of Native peoples in British Columbia. Research published this week shows some of them descended directly from ancient inhabitants of the area. (Metlakatla Treaty Office). Image via Los Angeles Times

Anthropologists said that DNA from ancient bones from northern British Columbia demonstrates a direct link between long-ago inhabitants and Native American descendants who live in the region today.

After assembling complete mitochondrial DNA genomes from four ancient individuals and three modern ones, the team found that living people had the exact same sequences found in bones that were thousands of years old — proving “definitively,” they said, that the native communities had been in the region a very, very, very long time.

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