US citizen Ernie Lappoint turned out to be the great-grandson of the leader of the Sitting Bull - he became one of the most famous
It is known that the funeral of the leader was held in secret,the ceremony was attended only by an undertaker and a military doctor, since he was killed by a lieutenant and a police sergeant. Relatives later exhumed the alleged remains and reburied the body closer to their homeland. As a result, the exact location of the grave could not be found.
To learn more about the personality of the leader and hisdescendants, scientists launched a project to extract DNA from his scalp. As a result, paleogenetics were able to restore only 0.8% of the genome, but this was enough to clarify its relationship with living people.
We have extracted a fairly large amount of DNA from the hair.Sitting Bull and compared them with modern Sioux genomes. The results show that Ernie Lappoint is indeed Sitting Bull's great-great-grandson and his closest living relative.
Eske Villerslev, professor at the University of Cambridge
As a result, it was revealed that Lappoint and his four sisters are the closest modern descendants of Sitting Bull.
The authors hope that their work will help find the exact location of the Sitting Bull's grave and resolve the serious controversy that still persists in American history.
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