Caribbean’s first inhabitants were nearly wiped out by invaders from South America a thousand years BEFORE arrival of Columbus, DNA study finds

  • Researchers point to two distinct waves of migration 3,000 years apart
  • The first settlers vanish from the genetic line after the second group’s arrival
  • It’s not clear if warfare, disease or some other factor is to blame 
  • The native population in the Caribbean when Columbus arrived was much smaller than estimated 
  • The Caribbean Islands was one of the last places in the Americas to be inhabited by humans almost 6,000 years ago – but the inhabitants were almost wiped out by invaders, according to DNA evidence.

    After a massive genetic analysis of hundreds of individuals, researchers believe the region’s first inhabitants were wiped out by a second wave of colonists arriving from South America more than 3,000 years later.

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