Scientists at the Center for the Study of the First Americans at the University of Texas A&M have made a startling discovery. The most popular theory of the origin of the first Indians is not supported by genetic data.
The widely accepted theory of the origin of the American Indian from Japan has been criticized in a new scientific study. Scientists have found that the genetics and biology of the skeleton “simply do not match” in the generally accepted ideas about the origin of the Indians. Apparently, they are from Siberia.
Archaeologists are now confident that Native Americans migrated from Japan about 15 thousand years ago. It is believed that they moved along the northern edge of the Pacific Ocean until they reached the northwestern coast of North America. From there, the first peoples dispersed throughout the interior of the continent and moved further south. All this happened in less than 2 thousand years.
The theory is based in part on the similarities between stone tools made by people of the Jomon period and those that scientists have found in areas inhabited by ancient Americans. However, new research published in the journal PaleoAmerica suggests otherwise.
Prepared by Professor Richard Scott, one of the world’s leading experts in the study of human teeth and a panel of ice age human genetics experts, the biology and genetic coding of dental samples from different continents is analyzed.
“We found that human biology just doesn’t agree with archaeological theory,” says Scott, lead author of the study. – We do not dispute the idea that ancient Native Americans crossed the Pacific Northwest coast. Only the theory that they were descended from the Jomon people in Japan. ”
“The people of the Jomon period who lived in Japan 15,000 years ago are hardly the ancestors of Native Americans. Neither skeletal biology nor genetics indicate a link between Japan and America. The most likely source of the native population of America is Siberia, ”the professor concludes.
In the study, the researchers applied multivariate statistical methods to a large sample of teeth from America, Asia and the Pacific. A quantitative comparison of the teeth revealed a weak relationship between the Jomon people and the Native Americans.