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New York Times: Scientists Trace an Ancient DNA Link Between Amazonians and Australasians

New York Times, Meltzer, DNA, genome, migration, first americansNew York Times reporter James Gorman interviewed SMU’s David Meltzer, a professor in the SMU Department of Anthropology, about a new large genome-scale study revealing ancestors of Native Americans arrived in the Americas in a single migration wave, no earlier than 23,000 years ago.

The finding addresses the ongoing debate over when and how many times the ancestors of present-day Native Americans entered the New World from Siberia. Continue reading

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Los Angeles Times: Native American origins: When the DNA points two ways

la-sci-sn-native-american-origins-dna-20150721-001Los Angeles Times reporter Eryn Brown interviewed SMU’s David Meltzer, a professor in the SMU Department of Anthropology, about a new large genome-scale study revealing ancestors of Native Americans arrived in the Americas in a single migration wave, no earlier than 23,000 years ago. The finding addresses the ongoing debate over when and how many times the ancestors of present-day Native Americans entered the New World from Siberia. Continue reading

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Large genome-scale study finds Native American ancestors arrived in single migration wave

Siberia, Meltzer, Paleoamericans, Clovis, first americans, migrationA new large genome-scale study reveals that the ancestors of all present-day Native Americans arrived in the Americas as part of a single migration wave, no earlier than 23,000 ago.

The finding addresses the ongoing debate over when and how many times the ancestors of present-day Native Americans entered the New World from Siberia. Archaeological evidence logs modern humans in the Americas 15,000 years ago. Continue reading

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KERA: DNA From Kennewick Man Shows He Was Native American, Says Study With SMU Ties

Scultpted bust 400x300KERA News reporter Justin Martin interviewed SMU anthropologist David Meltzer from the SMU Department of Anthropology about the controversial 8,500-year-old skeleton called Kennewick Man.

Meltzer was part of a new study in the journal Nature that analyzed Kennewick Man’s genome sequence and found that Kennewick Man is more closely related to modern Native Americans than to any other population worldwide. Continue reading

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Kennewick Man: genome sequence of 8,500-year-old skeleton solves scientific controversy

Scultpted bust 400x300An 8,500-year-old male skeleton discovered in 1996 in Washington State sparked bitter disputes between Native Americans, American scientists, and within the American scientific community. Earlier studies suggested he was not ancestral to Native Americans, blocking repatriation. Now his genome sequence shows Kennewick Man is more closely related to modern Native Americans than to any other population worldwide. Continue reading

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Zimbabwe Star: Comet not behind mass extinction at Ice Age end: Study

Meltzer, comet, Ice Age, SMUThe Zimbabwe Star news outlet has covered the research of SMU archaeologist David J. Meltzer with the article “A comet impact DIDN’T spark climate change and trigger a mass extinction 12,800 years ago, study claims.”

The Zimbabwe Star, from the IANS news service, highlights Meltzer’s latest study to show that a comet, or any other kind of extraterrestrial impact, was not responsible for sudden climate change at the end of the Ice Age 12,800 years ago. Continue reading

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Daily Mail: A comet impact DIDN’T spark climate change and trigger a mass extinction 12,800 years ago, study claims

Daily Mail, Meltzer, SMU, comet, Clovis, mass extinctionThe U.K.’s Daily Mail news outlet has covered the research of SMU archaeologist David J. Meltzer with the article “A comet impact DIDN’T spark climate change and trigger a mass extinction 12,800 years ago, study claims

The Daily Mail piece by Jonathan O’Callaghn highlights Meltzer’s latest study to show that a comet, or any other kind of extraterrestrial impact, was not responsible for sudden climate change at the end of the Ice Age 12,800 years ago. Continue reading

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Science: What Caused a 1300-Year Deep Freeze?

SMU, comet, Meltzer, Clovis points, ScienceThe widely followed science news outlet Science covered the research of SMU archaeologist David J. Meltzer with the article What Caused a 1300-Year Deep Freeze?

The Science piece by Michael Balter highlights Meltzer’s new study showing a comet was not responsible for sudden climate change at the end of the Ice Age. Proponents of the comet-impact theory have pointed to sedimentary deposits that they say prove a comet hit the Earth, killing the Clovis culture and causing mass extinction of many animals. Continue reading

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Nature: Prehistoric impact idea smacked down — dates of reported cosmic collision can’t explain North American extinctions

Meltzer comet, Nature magWidely followed science magazine Nature covered the research of SMU archaeologist David J. Meltzer with the article Prehistoric impact idea smacked down.

The Nature piece by Alexandra Witze focuses on Meltzer’s latest study to show that a comet was not responsible for sudden climate change at the end of the Ice Age 12,800 years ago. Proponents of the comet-impact theory have pointed to sedimentary deposits that they say prove that an object from outer space hit the Earth, killing the Clovis culture and causing the mass extinction of many animals.
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