NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Researchers have sequenced the genome of a 1,000-year-old Taino woman who lived in the Bahamas, garnering insight into the peopling of the Caribbean.

Ancestors of the Taino, also known as Lucayans, are thought to have reached the Caribbean from South America about 2,500 years ago, and by the arrival of Europeans to the region, the Taino were the dominant group living in the Greater Antilles, northern Lesser Antilles, and the Bahamas.

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