American Indian MtDNA, Y Chromosome Genetic Data, and the Peopling of North America

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Bauu Institute, 2004 - Science - 236 pages
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The field of molecular anthropology has grown in recent years with the advent of new methodologies and theoretical assumptions. The field has been particularly insightful in helping understand the initial peopling of North America. The author discusses the field of molecular anthropology and its insights into the peopling of North America, examining in detail the mtDNA and Y chromosome genetic data. Written in a clear, readable fashion, the author gives an overview of the topic for researchers, graduate students, and other professionals who are interested in this exciting new area of inquiry and the possibilities it holds for such contentious issues as biological affiliation, the peopling of North America, and historic population movements.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
A Review of the Field
3
Concepts and Terminology
7
Haplotypes and Haplogroups
15
Coalescent Tress and Gene Trees
19
Molecular Anthropological Population Theory
27
Human Migrations and Molecular Anthropology
33
American Indian mtDNA and Y chromosome Studies
47
Summary and Conclusion
67
References
75
Appendix
107
Index
219
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