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Prehistoric Baby Buried in Montana Leads to New Discoveries

LIVINGSTON -

A baby boy buried in Montana more than 12,000 years ago is now providing some of the most important DNA for linking pre-historic and modern man.

The one-and-half-year-old male skeleton was recovered in 1968 from the Anzick burial site near Livingston.

The Anzick burial site is the oldest burial site in North America and is the only known human burial site of the Clovis culture.

The Clovis culture, to which the boy belonged, existed in North America about 13,000 years ago to about 12,600 years ago.

New findings released Wednesday show the Clovis culture is a direct ancestor of modern indigenous people in North and South America.

The boy's DNA is the oldest genome ever discovered in the Americas and scientists say they cannot stress enough how important the new information is.

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