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  • ravenscape
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Ancient Berengians
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Genetic analysis of 11,500-year-old DNA from an infant found at the Upward Sun River archaeological site in Interior Alaska is evidence of a previously unknown population of ancient people in North America. The researchers - whose findings were published January 3, 2018 in the journal Nature - have named the new group "Ancient Beringians."

Nature Article for those who have access: https://www.nature.com/articles/nature25173

Popsci article for the rest of us: http://earthsky.org/human-world/newly-discovered-ancient-americans

And an essay by Professor Ben Potter, a lead scientist on the study.  https://sites.google.com/a/alaska.edu/dr-ben-a-potter/ancient-beringians

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Re: Ancient Berengians
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Cold ass place to live.
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  • borealis
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Re: Ancient Berengians
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Cold ass place to live.

22,000 years ago was the last Glacial Maximum, when the Ancient Beringians probably arrived. It was cold everywhere. What the area did have was fish and game:

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We have learned a lot about Denali complex (and now Ancient Beringian) lifeways through research at the USR site. Previous research indicates they hunted large game like bison and elk, but they also subsisted on small mammals (e.g. hare, ground squirrels) and birds. At Upward Sun River, a residential camp where women and children were present, we have evidence of large, medium, and small mammals, dominated by hare and ground squirrel, but also with the earliest evidence of salmon use in the Americas (Halffman et al. 2015; Choy et al. 2016). Evidence from USR, Gerstle River, and other sites indicates complex land use patterns, where logistically organized hunting parties specialized in megafauna like bison, processing them at spike camps (like Gerstle River), and bringing meat back to centrally located residential base camps like USR. Broad spectrum foraging of small game and fish occurred at these residential camps. This adaptive strategy was resilient and apparently persisted for over 6000 years in the Subarctic through many climatic and vegetation changes.

(from raven's third link)

  • osmanthus
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Re: Ancient Berengians
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So they weren't vegans then. :grin:
Truth is out of style

  • borealis
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Re: Ancient Berengians
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Arctic Vegans are extinct.

ETA: There are some edible plants that far North, mostly berries, a few greens, and lichens, so not much caloric content.

Some Inuit people even make a kind of 'ice cream' treat from frozen beaten seal blubber and mashed berries. So not even safe for lacto-vegetarians. :D
  • Last Edit: January 06, 2018, 08:41:27 PM by borealis

Re: Ancient Berengians
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So are the early beringians
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if you give it away you'll have so many
they'll be rolling all over the floor

  • borealis
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Re: Ancient Berengians
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So are the early beringians

Maybe assimilated rather than extinct.

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Maybe
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 if you hold it tight you won't have any
if you give it away you'll have so many
they'll be rolling all over the floor