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Tracing Chile’s indigenous roots through Genetics and Linguistics

Genetic analysis adds new perspectives on the (pre)history of South America - from the first settlement until today

How do today’s indigenous communities of South America trace back to the history of human migration and contact in the continent? An international team has worked to reconstruct the legacy of Chile’s largest indigenous community, the Mapuche, in a quest to strengthen their representation in the history of the continent. It appears the Mapuche long lived in relative isolation but do bear some influences from other populations of the Central Andes and the far south of Chile.

© Chiara Barbieri