Dorset DNA: Genes Trace the Tale of the Arctic's Long-Gone 'Hobbits'

August 28, 2014 6:51 PM

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Dorset DNA: Genes Trace the Tale of the Arctic's Long-Gone 'Hobbits'

Genetic analysis of present-day Arctic residents as well as ancient human remains reveals a previously unknown mass migration into the Americas from Siberia — and shows that an isolated Arctic culture known as the Dorset disappeared without a genetic trace centuries ago.

"One might almost say, kind of jokingly and very informally, that the Dorsets were the 'hobbits' of the Eastern Arctic, a very strange and very conservative people that we're only just getting to know a little bit," said William Fitzhugh, an anthropologist at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Nat...

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