An ancient DNA test of a founder effect in Native American ABO blood group frequencies.

@article{Halverson2008AnAD,
  title={An ancient DNA test of a founder effect in Native American ABO blood group frequencies.},
  author={Melissa S Halverson and Deborah A Weiss Bolnick},
  journal={American journal of physical anthropology},
  year={2008},
  volume={137 3},
  pages={342-7}
}
Anthropologists have assumed that reduced genetic diversity in extant Native Americans is due to a founder effect that occurred during the initial peopling of the Americas. However, low diversity could also be the result of subsequent historical events, such as the population decline following European contact. In this study, we show that autosomal DNA from ancient Native American skeletal remains can be used to investigate the low level of ABO blood group diversity in the Americas. Extant… CONTINUE READING

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