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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Europeans colonised America in 28,000 BC
London UK Telegraph 19Feb00 N6
By Roger Highfield, Science Editor, in Washington DC

A Texas researcher told the American Association for the Advancement of Science recently that a genetic analysis of native Americans shows that at least some native Americans were colonized by Europeans thousands of years ago. The genetic study found that the four major lineages in native Americans can be traced to Siberia and north-east Asia, while the fifth, which is a much more minor founding lineage, can be traced to Europe.

Dr. Theodore Schurr of the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research in San Antonio, Texas produced the data from his genetic analysis of native Americans. He says, "This is one of the intriguing findings that we have come across recently. These data imply that haplogroup X was present in the New World long before Europeans first arrived in the New World, before Columbus or the Vikings or anybody else." Haplogroup X is his designation for the group originating in Europe.

The native American groups included in Haplogroup X include the Algonkain-speaking tribes, such as the Ojibwa, as well as two pre-Columbian north America populations. The same genetic profile is found in between two and four percent of European and Middle Eastern populations, particularly in Israel.


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