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Ancient Beringians and the Colonization of the Americas

October 17, 2018 @ 7:30 pm EDT

University of Calgary – Room ES162
2500 University Dr NW
Calgary, AB Canada

Guest Speaker: Dr. Ben Potter (Univ. of Alaska – Fairbanks)

ABSTRACT – Recent genetic analyses of two buried infants from Alaska reveal a previously unknown group of people, called Ancient Beringians, that play an important role in illuminating the early prehistory of Native Americans. These and other recent genetic analyses have transformed our understanding of the peopling of the Americas. This presentation explores this new genetic framework, rigorously connected to archaeology and paleoecology of Siberia, Beringia and Northwestern North America. The timing of migrations, the routes used, including the interior Ice-Free-Corridor and coastal route (or both), and the later genetic diversification of Native Americans are discussed. The integration of these sciences provides for novel models of this first colonization of the Americas.

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October 17, 2018
7:30 pm EDT
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Dawn Wambold


University of Calgary – Room ES162
2500 University Dr NW
Calgary, AB Canada
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