Bones, teeth show distinct ancient groups populated Newfoundland: DNA study

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. -- New genetic research suggests ancient groups who moved on to Newfoundland after the last ice age are distinct from the Beothuk who died off after Europeans arrived.

Samples of DNA passed from mothers to children suggest Maritime Archaic groups who lived on the island 5,000 years ago share no recent maternal ancestor with the Beothuk.

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