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In Science this week, a multi-institute team reports sequencing 15 ancient genomes from humans who lived in areas ranging from Alaska to Patagonia — some more than 10,000 years ago — and were most closely related to Native Americans. The study reveals complex and dynamic population histories from North to South America, with evidence of rapid dispersal and early diversification — including previously unknown groups — as people moved south.

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