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Beringia: The Original Gateway to the Americas

Caption: New genetic evidence supports the hypothesis that the first people in the Americas all came from northeast Asia by crossing a land bridge known as Beringia. When sea levels rose after the last ice age the land bridge disappeared.

Credit: Julie McMahon

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