July 4, 2019

Ancient children’s teeth and adult remains found in Siberia yielded a huge archaeological discovery for a team of international researchers that includesSMU anthropologist David Meltzer. They uncovered a new Ice Age ethnic group whose DNA reveals a genetic link to Native Americans.

Meltzer, a professor in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, was a senior author of the paper on the breakthrough research that was published in the June 5 issue of Nature, a leading scientific journal. “We gained important insight into population isolation and admixture that took place during the depths of the Last Glacial Maximum – the coldest and harshest time of the Ice Age – and ultimately the ancestry of the peoples who would emerge from that time as the ancestors of the indigenous people of the Americas,” Meltzer says.

Read more at SMU Research.