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DNA Reveals an Early American Dynasty Centered on Women

Relatively little is known about the social structure of many early American societies, but genetics have just uncovered a female dynasty that existed for centuries.

February 21, 2017
11:01 AM EST
Photo: Selection of turquoise and shell artifacts found in Room 33 of Pueblo Bonito (Chaco Canyon, New Mexico). Credit: Roderick Mickens ©American Museum of Natural History
Photo: Pueblo Bonito as photographed from the northern rim of Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. Credit: Douglas Kennett, Penn State University.
Photo: Pottery and wooden flute found in Room 33 of Pueblo Bonito (Chaco Canyon, New Mexico). Credit: Roderick Mickens ©American Museum of Natural History
Photo: Room blocks at Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. Photo Credit: George Perry, Penn State University.