|People of the Altay Mountains|
According to National Geographic, Theodore Schurr, an anthropologist affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania, has conducted an in depth genetic study comparing Native American groups with their Siberian counterparts. Between 1991 and 2003, Schurr and other Russian scientists collected genetic samples from the Altay region of
The team focused on both the mitochondrial DNA, passed down through our female ancestors, and Y DNA, passed down from our male ancestors. By calculating mutations within these DNA patterns, Schurr identified an ancient mutation that occurred around 18,000 years ago in the Y DNA of Siberians from the Altay region. According to Schurr, this same mutation appears in the Y DNA of Native American groups. Although, the article did not specify exactly which groups.
This newer genetic evidence seems support the generally accepted theory that most Native American groups immigrated from Siberia to
Despite the evidence presented in this study, other anthropologists have suggested that Schurr might be jumping the gun a bit. These scientists point out that the same mutations Schurr identifies as similarities between the Altay Siberians and the Native Tribes of the
This evidence does not necessarily contradict the Stanford and Bradley Solutrean theory, as the previous article stated that there was a lack of European DNA in modern native populations. Stanford and Bradley suggested that the Siberian nomads might have overrun the previously established population of European origin. In addition, both theories still lack physical evidence, which is now covered by the oceans which returned following the end of the Ice Age.
In my opinion, it is likely that both the Asian and European Native American origin theories are at least partially correct. In addition, I suspect other native populations in North and