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How healthy were the pre-columbian Native Americans?

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This is a pretty good paper on the subject. Native Americans did not live one way or in one place. The Americas are a huge range of environments. The cultural diversity was enormous. There was a wide range from cities and agriculture to northern seal hunters. read more

This is a pretty good paper on the subject. Native Americans did not live one way or in one place. The Americas are a huge range of environments. The cultural diversity was enormous. read more

The researchers found one exception to the rule that the healthiest sites for Native Americans were the oldest sites. Equestrian nomads of the Great Plains of North America in the 19th century seemed to enjoy excellent health, near the top of the index. read more

The index also included European and African American groups. With a rank of 28 out of 65, antebellum blacks buried at Philadelphias African Church in the 1800s were in the top half of the health index. This group had health superior to small-town, middle-class whites, Steckel said. read more