News & Opinion
Top 10 Innovations
Cell & Molecular Biology
Disease & Medicine
Ecology & Environment
Genetics & Genomics
Pharma & Biotech
Image of the Day
Cranial Craters, 1000-1250
Sukanya Charuchandra | Oct 31, 2018
Prehistoric Andeans seemed especially fond of trepanation—holes drilled in the skull as a treatment for various ills.
New Study Contradicts Previous Idea About Origins of South Americans
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 1, 2018
Divergent human lineages of North America intermingled before setting off to establish populations of Central and South America.
All Native Americans Descended from One Ancestral Population
Abby Olena | Jan 3, 2018
The genome of an infant who lived in Alaska thousands of years ago represents a previously unknown group of humans called Ancient Beringians, who share a common lineage with other Native Americans.
US Government to Repatriate Kennewick Man
Bob Grant | Apr 29, 2016
A 2015 ancient DNA study determined that the 8,500-year-old skeletal remains belonged to an individual of Native American ancestry. Now, the US Army Corp of Engineers has begun the process of returning the bones to their rightful owners.
Incan Mummy Genome Sequenced
Bob Grant | Nov 16, 2015
Researchers decode mitochondrial DNA from the 500-year-old remains of a native South American child, revealing a new line of maternal ancestors.
Kennewick Man Was Native American
Jef Akst | Jun 18, 2015
Genomic analysis suggests that the skeleton’s closest living relatives are Native American after all.
Ancient Skeleton Sheds Light on Native American Roots
Anna Azvolinsky | May 15, 2014
Analysis of approximately 12,000-year-old human remains supports the idea that modern Native Americans evolved from ancestors who migrated out of Asia.
European Roots for Native Americans?
Bob Grant | Oct 29, 2013
An analysis of ancient DNA from a 24,000-year-old Siberian skeleton generates a new model for the original peopling of the Western Hemisphere.