Nov 262012

Here’s an abstract for a presentation to be given at Paleoamerican Odyssey, a conference on First American archaeology, in October 2013:

A Genomic Sequence of a Clovis Individual
Eske Willerslev

The Clovis complex is by some scientists considered being the oldest unequivocal evidence of humans in the Americas, dating between ca. 11,050 to 10,800 14C yr B.P. Only one human skeleton has been directly AMS dated to Clovis age and found associated with Clovis technology namely the Anzick human remains from Montana. We are currently sequencing the nuclear and mitochondrial genome from this human skeleton in order to address the origins and descendents of Clovis. I will present the results obtained by our international consortium.

Full set here. You’ll notice among the presenters trans-Atlantic Solutrean dispersal proponent Dennis Stanford, with new finds of (what he argues to be) telltale “laurel leaf” knives from the Chesapeake Bay watershed, including some picked up off the continental shelf, and Brazilian researcher Walter Neves of two-wave and “Luzia” fame on his Lagoa Santa work.

Thanks to Gisele Horvat for the heads-up.

  One Response to “Clovis genome in 2013”

  1. Considering the known long-range dispersals of paleolithic man, Evo and Proud has suggested that the Solutreans in fact did get to North America but did so in a multi-millenial trek across the European and Asian steppe following game. There would have been a reasonably uniform steppe environment south of the ice sheets, and the time required would account for the dating of the Solutrean and Clovis finds. No need to skirt the frozen North Atlantic in small boats. Of course, that model requires that Clovis spread from west to east across North America. My understanding is that it went the other way.

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