Genetic studies of modern Latin American populations?

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Hello,

I'm currently living in Bogotá, Colombia. I'm from NY, and we have lots of diversity there, but having lived here for a while I can't help but be stunned at how much more intermixing there seems to be here, and the way the resulting people look so outstandingly unique.

This makes me wonder if there have been any good studies done on the genetic composition of specific countries/regions in Latin America. I've seen plenty of studies on indigenous populations, but I'm wondering about the modern population.

Every once in a while when I see a person that I think looks totally indigenous, but then has brilliant blue eyes, I wonder exactly how far off my perception of ''indigenous'' really is by the fact that there's so much mixture in the population. Also it would be exceedingly interesting to know what % of the indigenous population here is native Andean indigenous, or indigenous people from other regions who have migrated here during modern times.

Essentially, what I'm looking for is something to help me understand better the history of the people of Colombia, and Latin America in general.
 

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SW VandeCarr
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Hello,
Essentially, what I'm looking for is something to help me understand better the history of the people of Colombia, and Latin America in general.

I don't know your level of training in genetics as this paper is a bit technical. It tends to confirm the long standing belief that European paternal-native maternal admixtures predominate among admixtures in Colombia. That is, mother-daughter mitochondrial inheritance seems to be predominately native in mixed inheritance.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1288567/
 
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