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Oct 28, 2021

Sitting Bull: DNA Confirms Great-Grandson’s Identity

A sample of hair belonging to the legendary 19th century Native American leader Sitting Bull has allowed scientists to confirm that a South Dakota man is his great-grandson.

Sitting Bull

Scientists took DNA from a tiny sample of Sitting Bull’s hair that had been stored in Washington DC.

It showed that Ernie LaPointe, 73, is his great-grandson.

The new method allows analysis of family lineages with DNA fragments from long-dead people.

You can read more about this story in the BBC News web site at: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-59062133.