Could an Inca mummy hold new genetic clues?
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Could an Inca mummy hold new genetic clues?

A team of scientists have managed to extract and sequence the mitochondrial genome of an Inca mummy, discovered in 1985.

The seven-year-old boy was probably victim to an Inca sacrificial ritual, around half a millenium ago, El Tiempo reports.

The work is being led by a team from Spanish University Santiago de Compostela (USC) and will be published in the magazine Scientific Reports.

The mummy was found on the western side of the Aconcagua peak, in the Argentine province of Mendoza, at some 5,300 meters of altitude.

The mummy’s genetic profile reveals a new genealogy, termed C1bi which “has not been previously identified amongst the current population.”

The mummy has been linked to Peruvian or Bolivian ancestors some 14,300 years ago.

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