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Male Xavante from Brazil in a Kapôt traditional clothing. AI generated. Source:  SuperPixel Inc/Adobe Stock

Genetic Origins of Secluded Amazon Tribe of Brazil Discovered (Video)


The genetic origins of the secluded Amazon tribe, the Xavante, present a mysterious narrative that challenges conventional understanding. Academic discourse surrounding the settlement of the Americas persists, with questions lingering about the identities and migration patterns of early settlers. Studies of skull morphology and DNA shed light on these enigmatic origins. The genetic makeup of the Xavante suggests a South American settlement predating 18,000 years ago, coinciding with significant climatic shifts during the Younger Dryas period.

Notably, the Xavante exhibit distinct morphological traits, evolving rapidly over approximately 1,500 years. This evolution, diverging from classical Amerindian patterns, raises intriguing questions about cultural influences on genetic development. The tribe's unique practices, such as polygamous unions and societal structures, likely contributed to this swift morphological transformation.

Moreover, recent genetic research unveils surprising connections between the Xavante and indigenous Australasian populations, challenging previous theories of a single migratory wave into the Americas. The presence of shared ancestry with populations from the Andaman Islands and New Guinea suggests a more complex narrative of migration and settlement. These findings underscore the need for further interdisciplinary research to unravel the intricate genetic tapestry of human migration and settlement in the Americas.

Top image: Male Xavante from Brazil in a Kapôt traditional clothing. AI generated. Source:  SuperPixel Inc/Adobe Stock

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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