Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Two Ancient DNA from indigenous Botocudos of Brazil

Understanding the peopling of the Americas remains an important and challenging question. The authors present 14C dates, and morphological, isotopic and genomic sequence data from two human skulls from the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, part of one of the indigenous groups known as ‘Botocudos’. I converted the raw data of these samples into formats familiar to genetic genealogists. The complete SNPs are available for download. I also filtered with SNPs tested by DNA testing companies like FTDNA, 23andMe and Ancestry and uploaded to GEDmatch. Haplogroups, site location, GEDmatch ID and age of the sample etc as per the authors can be found in Ancient DNA page.

Malaspinas, Anna-Sapfo, Oscar Lao, Hannes Schroeder, Morten Rasmussen, Maanasa Raghavan, Ida Moltke, Paula F. Campos et al. "Two ancient human genomes reveal Polynesian ancestry among the indigenous Botocudos of Brazil." Current Biology 24, no. 21 (2014): R1035-R1037.

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