By Patterson Clark and Richard Johnson, Published: May 15, 2014
In pre-Mayan Mexico, a slender, bucktoothed 15- or 16-year-old girl fell into a flooded, underground cavern about 12,000 years ago. She was a Paleoamerican, with features more akin to Africans and Southeast Asians than modern Native Americans. DNA collected from one of her molars reveals a direct connection to the people who crossed the Bering land bridge from Siberia more than 18,000 years ago. The discovery greatly extends the range of DNA information about Paleoamericans. Read related article.
SOURCE: "Late Pleistocene Human Skeleton and mtDNA Link Paleoamericans and Modern Native Americans," Science.