Oldest Baby Boom in North America Sheds Light on Native American Population Crash

July 1, 2014 11:26 AM

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Oldest Baby Boom in North America Sheds Light on Native American Population Crash

One of the biggest baby booms in North American history didn't occur anytime recently. Instead, it occurred within Native American populations between 500 and 1300 AD. Now, scientists have taken a closer look at this massive baby boom as they learn a bit more about what kind of events led up to the boom and then caused population numbers to rapidly decline.

The researchers looked at a century's worth of data on thousands of human remains found at hundreds of sites across the Four Corners region of the Southwest. After studying these remains and the sites where they were located, the scientists were able to create a detailed chronology of the area's tra...

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