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A California Chinook Salmon Jumps into a waterfall during spawning season
Geneticists Light Up Debate on Salmon Conservation
Splitting Chinook salmon into two groups based on their DNA could aid conservation efforts. But some researchers argue that this would be a misuse of the data.
Geneticists Light Up Debate on Salmon Conservation
Geneticists Light Up Debate on Salmon Conservation

Splitting Chinook salmon into two groups based on their DNA could aid conservation efforts. But some researchers argue that this would be a misuse of the data.

Splitting Chinook salmon into two groups based on their DNA could aid conservation efforts. But some researchers argue that this would be a misuse of the data.

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Infographic comparing the fall and spring salmon runs
Infographic: An Incredible Journey
Christie Wilcox, PhD | Feb 1, 2023 | 1 min read
Chinook make their way up the Klamath River every year, but fewer and fewer arrive in the spring.
Timeline summarizing a series of petitions filed about the Chinook salmon
Timeline: An Extended Battle
Christie Wilcox, PhD | Feb 1, 2023 | 3 min read
Various concerned groups have been petitioning NOAA Fisheries to list spring-run Chinook salmon in Oregon and Northern California for over a decade.
A memorial in Canada for child victims of residential schools
Q&A: The Transgenerational Effects of Indigenous Residential Schools
Amanda Heidt | Sep 30, 2021 | 8 min read
The Scientist spoke with Evan Adams, a First Nations physician, about how the health legacy of oppressive government-owned schools, including his parents’ experiences, has influenced his own life.
Native Americans Crossed the Pacific Long Before Europeans
Abby Olena, PhD | Jul 8, 2020 | 4 min read
Genetic evidence points to individuals from South America having possibly floated on a raft to Polynesian islands about 500 years before Europeans navigated there.
Cranial Craters, 1000-1250
Sukanya Charuchandra | Nov 1, 2018 | 3 min read
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 | 2 min read
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, PhD | Jan 3, 2018 | 3 min read
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 | 2 min read
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 | 2 min read
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 | 2 min read
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 | 3 min read
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 | 2 min read
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.
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