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New research has suggested that early Native Americans lived on the Bering Strait land bridge for millennia before traveling into North America.
According to NBC News, anthropologists have proposed a theory that states the early Native Americans settled in Beringia for at least 10,000 years. When the land bridge from Siberia to North America vanished, so did evidence of their time spent there.
Published in the journal Science, three researchers believe they have found new clues to the lost world of Beringia. From Bering Sea sediments, they found fossilized insects, plants and pollen that would suggest Beringia was one of the only Arctic shrub tundra areas, meaning it had wood available for fuel.
"A number of supporting pieces have fallen in place during the last decade,
Researchers have discovered how Native Americans may have survived the last Ice Age after splitting from their Asian relatives 25,000 years ago.
Academics at Royal Holloway, Univ. of London and the Universities of Colorado and Utah have analyzed fossils that revealed that the ancestors of Native Americans may have set up home in a region between Siberia and Alaska which contained woody plants that they could use to make fires. The discovery breaks new ground as until now no-one had any idea of where the Native Americans spent the next 10,000 years before they appeared in Alaska and the rest of the North America.
Prof. Scott Elias, from the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway says, “This work fills in a 10,000-year missing link in the story of the peopling of the New World.”
Well, if you moved there from Siberia, it would be like moving to Texas from Michigan. The Japanese trade winds do hit that area a little, and things may have been even better when they were there. I know Juneau is a lot nicer than here in the U.P. Get away from the coast and you freeze.
Not all the Indians ancestors got to America that way, some probably came from down South...across the ocean on ships long ago.
I don't know why they can't say there was a possibility of sailing ships long ago...Maybe the evidence is all rotted away but that doesn't mean it was not possible. It just means that so far they have not found evidence.
O’Rourke and colleagues point to a study of mitochondrial DNA – genetic information passed by mothers – sampled from Native Americans throughout the Americas. The study found that the unique genome or genetic blueprint of Native Americans arose sometime before 25,000 years ago but didn’t spread through the Americas until about 15,000 years ago.
“This result indicated that a substantial population existed somewhere, in isolation from the rest of Asia, while its genome differentiated from the parental Asian genome,” O’Rourke says. “The researchers suggested Beringia as the location for this isolated population, and suggested it existed there for several thousand years before members of the population migrated southward into the rest of North and, ultimately, South America as retreating glaciers provided routes for southern migration.”
“Several other genetic-genomic analyses of Native American populations have resulted in similar conclusions,” he adds.
“For a long time, many of us thought the land bridge was a uniform tundra-steppe environment” – a broad windswept grassland devoid of shrubs and trees, O’Rourke says. But in recent years, sediment cores drilled in the Bering Sea and along the Alaskan coast – the now-submerged lowlands of Beringia – found pollens of trees and shrubs