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Ancient DNA sheds light on what happened to the Taino, the native Caribbeans
2018-02-19T21:53:12.7711486Z - Kiona N. Smith / Hacker News
That didn’t last long; by the mid-16th century, smallpox and slavery had driven the Taino to the brink of extinction. The fact that this Taino woman came from such a large population adds support to that picture of the islands’ history. It’s another possible contribution to the Taino population crash. Modern inhabitants of the Caribbean islands mostly have a mixture of African and European ancestry, but some have a little indigenous DNA as well. And it’s possible that DNA can also help us better understand the eventual extinction of the Taino.

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