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By Laurie Milne October 16, 2017 - 3:54pm

Students enrolled in Anth 272 and 277 may be interested in a recent article on DNA evidence for the ancestry of the Beothuk peoples of Newfoundland.   Researchers examining  three groups of prehistoric peoples, the Beothuk, Maritime Archaic and Paleo-Eskimo, found that the Beothuk, contrary to prior opinions,   were neither direct descendants of the Maritime Archaic people nor close relatives who repopulated Newfoundland after its first inhabitants disappeared.


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