Genes from ‘Culturally Extinct’ Indigenous Group Discovered in Unsuspecting Tennessee Man

Posted by Jean-Yves on Jul 11, 2020

The last known members of the Indigenous Beothuk people of Newfoundland were thought to have died out 200 years ago.

But genes from these people have been found in a man living in Tennessee today, researchers reported. Shanawdithit, a Beothuk woman who died of tuberculosis in 1829, was the last known Beothuk. The group had thrived in Newfoundland with as many as 2,000 people there, until the Europeans arrived in the early 1500s, bringing disease and pushing the Beothuk inland, away from their traditional fishing and hunting grounds, which led to their starvation.

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