Archaeologists puzzle over discovery of Asian genes in South America

05/24/2013 | Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), The

Researchers have discovered that Asian genes were introduced to South America some 6,000 years ago during the Jomon period in Japan. Some archaeologists have speculated that perhaps fishermen had "discovered" the region, but others discounted the idea saying the lack of direct current from Asia to South America, as well as fresh food and water, would make such a voyage difficult. Pottery found in Japan that contained fish oil residues, however, suggests that Jomon fishermen could have fed themselves on such a long journey.

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