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Researchers use DNA to track original settlers of Caribbean islands

Researchers use DNA to track original settlers of Caribbean islands

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Dec. 24 (UPI) -- The origins of the Caribbean's first islanders can be traced to two distinct groups, thousands of years apart, suggesting the archipelago was settled by highly mobile people, with distant relatives often living on different islands, a study published Thursday by Nature found. The islands' first inhabitants, a group of stone tool-users, boated to Cuba about 6,000 years ago, gradually expanding eastward to other islands during the region's Archaic Age, the researchers said. Advertisement Where they came from remains unclear, as their genetics do not match any particular Indigenous group, according to the researchers. However, similar artifacts found in Belize and Cuba may suggest a Central American origin, study co-author William Keegan said in a press release. Following ...