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As the last Ice Age was coming to an end, and as the first settlers arrived in North America, two distinct populations emerged. One of these groups would eventually go on to settle South America, but as new genetic evidence shows, these two ancestral groups - after being separated for thousands of years - had an unexpected reunion. The finding is changing our conceptions of how the southern continent was colonised and by whom.

She died 11,500 years ago at the tender age of six weeks in what is now the interior of Alaska. Dubbed "Sunrise Girl-child" by the local indigenous people, the remains of the Ice Age infant - uncovered at an archaeological dig in 2013 - contained traces of DNA, allowing scientists to perform a full genomic analysis. Incredibly, this baby girl belonged to a previously unknown population of ancient Native Americans - a discovery that's changing what we know about the continent's first people.