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Media: NY Times: ''Earliest Americans Arrived in Waves, DNA Study Finds''

Submitter: Anthony Aristar

Submitter Email: aristar@linguistlist.org
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Genetic Classification

Media Body: North and South America were first populated by three waves of
migrants from Siberia rather than just a single migration, say
researchers who have studied the whole genomes of Native Americans
in South America and Canada.

The finding vindicates a proposal first made on linguistic grounds by
Joseph Greenberg, the great classifier of the world’s languages. He
asserted in 1987 that most languages spoken in North and South
America were derived from the single mother tongue of the first settlers
from Siberia, which he called Amerind. Two later waves, he surmised,
brought speakers of Eskimo-Aleut and of Na-Dene, the language family
spoken by the Apache and Navajo.

Read the article here:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/12/science/earliest-americans-arrived-in-3-waves-not-1-dna-study-finds.html?_r=3
Issue Number: 23.3029
Date Posted: July 12, 2012

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