Seals Helped Europeans Wipe Out Native Americans

Sarah Knapton, Telegraph (London), August 20, 2014

Disease-riddled Europeans, carrying tuberculosis across the Atlantic, have long been blamed for wiping out huge populations of Native Americans.

But new research has found that the deadly bugs which killed millions were probably spread by seals and sea lions, long before Christopher Columbus first arrived in the New World in 1492.

A study which looked at tuberculosis strains in bones discovered in Peru found they were closely linked to those found in sea mammals.

The research shows that tuberculosis is likely to have spread from humans in Africa to seals and sea lions, who then carried the disease to South America and transmitted it to Native populations long before Europeans landed on the continent.

“What we found was really surprising. The ancient strains are distinct from any known human-adapted tuberculosis strain,” said Anne Stone, Professor in Human Evolution at Arizona State University.

“We found that the tuberculosis strains were most closely related to strains in seals and sea lions.

“Our results show unequivocal evidence of human infection caused by sea lions and seals in pre-Columbian South America.

“Within the past 2,500 years, the marine animals likely contracted the disease from an African host species and carried it across the ocean to coastal people in South America.”

The researchers believe that once tuberculosis was established in South America, it moved north and infected people in North America before European settlers arrived with new strains.

It was previously thought that roughly 95 percent Native Americans were killed by European diseases, accounting for around 19 million people. Although the team said strains from Europe were ‘a culprit’, they believe that TB was already well established.

In the study, researchers collected genetic samples of tuberculosis DNA from across the world. Africa has the most diversity among tuberculosis strains, implying that the pathogen probably originated from the continent and spread.

The team also studied the genomes from skeletons in Peru dating from around 750 to 1350 AD and found tuberculosis was already present.

“It was a surprise for all of us to find that tuberculosis, formerly believed to have spread around the world with ancient human migration events, is in fact a relatively young disease,” said study author Dr Kelly Harkins of Arizona State University.

Tuberculosis is one of the most persistent and deadliest infectious diseases in the world, killing one to two million people each year.

The team hope the findings will help understand the speed and process of adaptation of diseases cross species.

“Tuberculosis is a disease that is on the rise again worldwide. This study and further research will help us understand how the disease is transmitted and how the disease may evolve,” said Jane Buikstra, a collaborator on the study who identified tuberculosis in most of the cases utilized in the research.

The study was published in the journal Nature.

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  • MekongDelta69

    For a minute, I thought they were talking about my Teams and got confused!

    Then I started to read two sentences of the article. Just more anti-White garbage.

    Same stuff – different day.


    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      The riots are actually spreading to the West Coast – covered up by the media, as usual.

      Look at this!!

  • Garrett Brown

    Seals were the secret weapon of evil whitey, my great great great great great great grandfather names his Cornelius.

  • Jim

    I knew there was something conspiratorial about seals…hateful, even.

    Stupid lies about about whites intentionally spreading small pox among New World Indians have been around for some time, now, and still persist. NEWSFLASH: Europeans are NOT immune from small pox. The disease had a 90% mortality rate among Indians, but it had a 30% mortality rate among whites, leaving survivors horribly scarred. Who would intentionally introduce a disease like that?? In the 17th or 18th century, something like 60 million white people died from small pox in Europe, which is greater than the estimated New World Indian population when Columbus landed.

    • Tim_in_Indiana

      Yes, but all those Europeans don’t matter since they were only white…

  • Truthseeker

    Darn, one less thing they can blame on evil White people.

    • APaige

      Not only that, but tuberculosis is another disease from the gift basket of Africa.
      Disease and unproductive people…the true African exports.

      • Periapsis

        Syphilis was present in the Americas long before the Spaniards arrived, and it was likely Spaniards who brought it back to Europe, it was literally the AIDS of the 16th century. Seven years later, it reached Beijing. Many dreaded diseases that afflict whites are in fact of non-white origin, who infected our ancestors by invasions of OUR ancestral homelands. That included the Black Death and Mumps.

        • Tell-tale syphilis scars have been found on fossilized bones of North American cave bears. This suggests that paleo-Indians acquired the disease by eating poorly-cooked meat.

          • Travis Lee

            That’s their story and they are sticking to it!

          • Periapsis

            Ugh, bears are the LAST critter anyone should eat, they are really parasite ridden.

    • bilderbuster

      Whites will be blamed anyways.
      Scientific proof to the contrary be damned!

    • Shadow

      Don’t be too confident in your assertion,Truthseeker.All of us know that they’ll only find some other excuse to lay blame on us “evil White people”.

  • D.B. Cooper

    You would be surprised at how many blank looks I get from various people who keep bringing up how evil whitey nearly wiped out an entire race of Native American people. I have to remind them first, that Europe got smallpox from China.
    Plus, I have to remind them that the Black Plague killed half of Europe, and was often deliberately spread to Europe by Mongols, by catapulting infected corpses, for example.

    • M.

      And third, Native Americans were not “nearly wiped out”. They’re still a majority in many Central and Southern American countries.

      • Bossman

        The Native Americans are called “Hispanics” these days.

      • John R

        Good point. Genetically speaking, I read somewhere that the average Mexican is about 80% Amerindian genetically! And that is 120 million of them! “Wiped out”?

        • M.

          Yes, not only they’re a majority in those countries in more or less hybrid form, but they’re also still majority in full-blooded form in countries like Bolivia and Peru.

          • Bossman

            No! If it wasn’t for massive European immigration, the USA and Canada would be majority Indians and Mestizos.

          • John R

            “If it wasn’t for massive European immigration, the USA and Canada would be majority Indians and Mestizos…..”

            ….and Third World sh##holes.

          • M.

            Yes, that helped too. But keep in mind that those diseases wiped out millions back then. Those millions would’ve multiplied like they did in other American countries, and regardless of how many Europeans moved here, the Natives would still constitute a good percentage. Most probably a quarter to a third of the U.S. population.

    • Zimriel

      I thought smallpox was shown to be most closely related to camelpox, so Middle Eastern or Central Asian. My reading may be out of date.

      • D.B. Cooper

        Cowpox influenced the first smallpox vaccination when it was noticed that the usual survivors during a smallpox outbreak were previous survivors and milk maids.

        • Zimriel

          Yeah. I looked it up though; variola *is* still thought to be closest to camelpox.

          I’d give a link but my karma isn’t high enough here to get those through moderation. Try going through scholar dot google, with a floor of 2010 on keywords “variola” and “camelpox”.

    • bilderbuster

      Native Americans culturally enriched Europeans by introducing the use of tobacco products.

      • Shadow

        And the emphysema and lung cancer that inevitably results from the use of those tobacco products.

      • Bossman

        They introduced much more than tobacco; they also introduced the potato, the tomato and chocolate, beans and many other good things that modern white people cannot do without.

        • bilderbuster

          And Europeans introduced bathing and real medicine and way too many great things that could fill a thousand libraries to the Americas.

          • Bossman

            Yes, the Europeans learned from everybody because they had a few brave men whose minds were less encumbered by popular superstitions. Before Columbus discovered the Americas and introduced Indian cotton to Europe, Europeans did not bathe much and did not wash their clothes. They wore mostly wool and leather clothing that could not be washed.

          • Olorin

            Lie. The boreal and hardscrabble northern peoples of Europe have always had a culture involving saunas/steam baths and bathed in geothermal pools. So did the western cultures of the Mediterranean…or have you never heard of the Roman, Etruscan, and Minoan baths?

          • Bossman

            When Europeans accepted Christianity, they destroyed all the Greco-Roman bath houses because those places made it easy to have sexual encounters. Europeans of the Middle Ages thought that it was better to have a nasty body and a clean soul than to have clean body and a sinful soul. Again, I repeat before Columbus, Europeans wore mainly leather and wool clothes that could not be washed.

        • The potato was rather ironic, as the cheap calories therefrom caused the European population explosion that resulted in our runaway colonization of North America.

          • Bossman

            Okay, you do have a point. When Irishmen could no longer feed themselves on the potato, they all came to America.

          • bilderbuster

            Then the North American Abos absconded with all of the poor Irishmen’s firewater.

          • Potatoes were well-liked all over Europe, particularly in eastern and central Europe (still the highest per-capita consumers of potatoes in the world).

        • Olorin

          The Solanaceae are detrimental to many people with northern European and Asiatic/Old World genome.

          Glycoalkaloids in nightshades are likely responsible for a huge proportion of the inflammatory response diagnosed as “arthritis” in whites.

          Some people even react very badly to the oxalic acids in cacao products.

          You want to peddle globalist ideology and worship brown culture to get your PR agent paycheck, fine, that’s what you seem to do here. But modern white people can surely do without Mesoamerican center of origin horticultural products that our bodies are not adapted to digest without harm. My paternal line eats primarily meat, fat, and the occasional stewed weeds…and for the 14 generations we can trace, we nearly live into our late 80s unless some accident happens.

    • Look_A_Squirrel

      A real eye opener for people are the first person accounts of Indian atrocities. Google books has several available.

      Young Indian males liked to out-do each other recounting the horrible ways they put people to death. Ripping the unborn child out of the mother’s womb, tearing it apart and throwing the parts at the dying mother was one. Gathering women and children together and shooting arrows at them was another. Of course, putting all the women and children in a building, sealing it up and setting fire was an old stand by.

      Europeans were fighting man to man of a field of battle but Indians thought nothing of raiding the towns or homesteads of people who had been kind to them.

      The “taking the land” story is full of holes as well. I don’t doubt some shady dealings but by and large Indians and the Europeans – particularly those who would become the American Colonies – negotiated a price for the land and ongoing annual stipends. They also provided towns, people who taught needed trades like blacksmithing, people to teach how to prepare fields and farm.

      We know so little about what was done FOR the Indians and what they did TO the settlers.

      • benvad

        I’ve no pity for the warriors, they cry victim every chance they get.

      • One of my favorite Amerind torture tricks was the way they would tie up a victim and then wrap him tightly with soaking wet buckskin. As the hide dried in the sun, it would shrink increasingly tightly around the victim, slowly suffocating him in much the same manner as a large constrictor uses to kill prey. Quite creative when it came to torture, they were.

        • Periapsis

          There’s abundant archeological evidence for wide spread cannibalism, and wholesale genocide against Native Americans at the hands of other Native Americans. I have heard of the buckskin torture too.

  • Periapsis

    Those rayciss seals must be travelling in fast nuclear submarines with bio-warfare labs aboard to be infecting entire continents………

  • none of your business

    Small pox originally came from America brought back by early explorers after 1500 AD.
    Smallpox severe enough to cause death leaves small holes in the bones as well as skin.
    As you probably know, Europeans cleared out the cemeteries every 50 years or so and stored the bones in Church and monastery basements. As a result, there are billions and billions of bones stored in these ossuaries. Not one one bone with a small pox lesion/hole has been found on a European bone buried before 1500.
    That is absolute prove that small pox came from the Americas to Europe.
    The 1300 AD skeleton of a bear covered with numerous small pox lesions was discovered in Mexico, proof that small pox existed in America 200 years before Columbus and Cortez.

    • Mason Gull

      Ramses V died of smallpox. It was definitely present in the Old World prior to Columbus.

    • D.B. Cooper

      What kind of dope are you smoking, “none of your business”? OR are you one of those faithful followers of ancient space travelling African History?
      Small came to America around that time, NOT the other way around.

    • Human populations develop resistance to diseases the longer they have been exposed to them. This fact alone points to smallpox developing somewhere in Eurasia, and tuberculosis as well. Since tuberculosis is believed to have first infected humans after we domesticated ruminants: cattle, sheep and goats, this points to the original TB infection of nomadic pastoralists on the Eurasian steppe somewhere northeast of the Black Sea.

      • Bossman

        I believe you to be correct about that. The Americas was well shielded from the old world before Columbus.

        • Zimriel

          But not as well shielded as was, say, Australia.

          • Correct, and imported Old World diseases also proved disastrous to Australian Aborigines, the big killers again being smallpox and tuberculosis. Between 1789 and 1800, approximately 90% of the Aboriginal inhabitants of the Sydney area died of disease.

  • IKUredux

    First of all, I don’t believe ANY study anywhere done by anybody. Thass right. It would seem at this point, that every study has an agenda. Come on people! They deny race studies. They put forth crap on climate change. Seriously? You actually believe any of this crap? Holy Cow! First, coffee is good for you. Then it isn’t. Then it is. Then it isn’t. I would bet that a serious researcher could actually find socio-economic reasons for EVERY single change of opinion on coffee. Or, “social justice” reasons. Or, helping some major democrat donor who dabbles in coffee, or, whatever. One thing is for sure, DON’T TRUST ANY study done by ANYBODY. They ALL lie.

    • My wife and I drink a lot of coffee…

      Because we just don’t care.

      • Ella

        The government does not tax it like alcohol; besides, there is never a hangover the next day!

    • Zimriel

      Only if there’s a clear angle. I don’t see one here.

  • Honorable mention goes to:
    Smallpox tainted blankets stolen from the U.S. Army.

  • Michigan Patriot

    Whites not being demonized by Marxists ? Alleluia !

    • M.

      The title of that article is still demonizing.

  • Samuel_Morton

    Oh, Africa, just when we thought that there were no possible new ways that you have crippled the earth.

  • D.B. Cooper

    For all of you racist Mexicans who think you are going to “take over” around 2050, guess again! Smallpox is ONE way the white man is going to murder you when the race war hits. What do you think he has cooking up in his CDCs across the world? The Zombie Virus?

    • Periapsis

      That is Ebola when the final stages of the disease sets in. It liquefies the brain as it liquefies all the other internal organs.

  • dave

    Something else they can blame on Whitey.

  • THis is somthing that is not new.
    such diseases are gods and natures way of clensing the week, as well
    the overpopulated.
    to say it was done on purpouse is a speculation, i would not put it past
    humans to do such a thing. the pleage was use as a wepon at one time as well.
    it will be used again. not only by man but by god and nature as well.
    its just a matter of time. ask any biologiest, or any body who has worked
    in any disease control units.

    • Bossman

      The Americas were never overpopulated. The native peoples of the Americas were good custodians of the continent. When the Europeans arrived, they found a virgin continent.

      • Zimriel

        Er… the Chorti Maya might have a word or two about that.

        You know, the ones who built cities all over the jungle, until they ran out of space. The ones who survive in Copan and pretty much nowhere else (other Maya live in the other ruins).

      • bilderbuster

        They also found huge piles of buffalo corpses because some tribes liked to hunt them by stampeding entire herds off cliffs.

        • Bossman

          The buffalo began to disappear when white men began moving west in great numbers. Before that, the great American West was teaming with buffaloes. They had more efficient weapons to kill the buffalo.

        • DiversityIsDeath

          Poor buffaloes. Now if we could only make herds of negroes stampede off cliffs. “Look! Over there! Free chicken wings! Run!”

          • bilderbuster

            I’m in no way damning the primitive North American Redskins. I was just pointing out that they weren’t the environmental saints some make them out to be.
            Back in the day if some careless tribe started a forest fire it could burn huge territories down because there was no White man’s forest service to put them out.

      • Look_A_Squirrel

        Native Americans also helped to wipe out seal populations. Seals were prized for their blubber – as Eskimos prize them today.

      • They were such good custodians that they hunted to extinction many native species in the Americas. A few examples include:

        Wooly rhinos
        Horses (which had to be reintroduced by the Spanish)
        Giant sloth

  • 1G25

    Damn ! How did Indians have sex with sea lions ?

    • bilderbuster

      The same way the Africans did.

  • DiversityIsDeath

    “The research shows that tuberculosis is likely to have spread from
    humans in Africa to seals and sea lions, who then carried the disease to
    South America and transmitted it to Native populations long before
    Europeans landed on the continent.” [QUOTE]

    Now THAT makes much more sense. It fits the pattern. That filthy, diseased AFRICANS are the guilty culprits who infected the animals and the other races. And then put on the innocent act and blame it all on whitey! (Like they did with HIV, super-clap, drug-resistant TB, and now with ebola.)

    • Bossman

      Africa is the original home to all forms of life. Humanity began there.

  • Note the leftist headline, “Seals Helped Europeans Wipe Out Native Americans.”

    Wipe them out? Who has all those casinos? What are Central and South America crawling with? The natives weren’t wiped out.

    And the headline seems to be saying that our white ancestors had trained seals helping us accomplish a deliberate genocide.

    Neutral headline: “Seals Brought TB to New World Long Before White Men Arrived.”

    See how subtle the lefties are. The neutral headline is more accurate.

    • John R

      And why would Europeans want “help” wiping out the natives? Most of the Indians lived under Spanish rule. And the Spaniards wanted them incorporated into their empire as additional colonists. There was no incentive in wiping out the natives.

    • Jim

      “Note the leftist headline, ‘Seals Helped Europeans Wipe Out Native Americans.’
      Wipe them out? Who has all those casinos?”

      Good point. AND, even if Indians had been wiped out, it wouldn’t have been Europeans that wiped them out. The virus would’ve wiped them out.

      That’s what we’re told with the AIDS epidemic, right? Do the headlines read “Gays and junkies wipe out millions of hemophiliacs and transfusion patients with virus”?

    • Yes, the sneering nature of the headline was the first thing that caught my eye too.

      It is though to say we were trying desperately to figure out how to bring TB as a biological weapon….had made some poor attempt at it…… then some seals popped up, waving their cheeky little whiskers around, looking knowingly at us with their dark little eyes, and – breaking all known protocol – decided to speak to us, and they said “Hey, White Man! We will lend you a hand!”

      And so, the new found friendship between European man and his Seal minions set off across the waters with their biological weapons charged, ready to see off those ‘injuns’….which the seals had a deep seated hatred against with the racial myth of being skinned by the injuns.

  • Ella

    Of course, you do not see Asians (Mongols) being mentioned often for the spread of the Black Plague to Europe and Middle east.

    • Bossman

      Most of the deadly diseases spread by bacteria and viruses came from Africa and Asia. The Americas was shielded from the germs of those continents until international travel began.

      • Ella

        Colder climates help protect us too from bacteria and viruses by slowing down the reproduction cycles. As you said about foreign travel, we are a time bomb for anything.

  • Dale McNamee

    So nature did this ! Surprise ! Surprise ! Surprise ! / sarc

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Seals Helped Europeans Wipe Out Native Americas

    Even though…

    “research shows that tuberculosis is likely to have spread from humans in Africa to seals “

    Disease originates in Africa, kills Ancient Peruvians and is a scourge upon the earth

    …but White Europeans are blamed.

    Typical anti-White agit-prop from the anti-White Telegraph.

  • none of your business

    Mason Gull none of your business • 2 hours ago
    Ramses V died of smallpox. It was definitely present in the Old World prior to Columbus.

    So why, among the billions of European bones of people who died before 1500 has not one, not one bone been found with small pox lesions.

    As for Rames, who claimed he died of small pox? Remember, every scientist and academician since about 1950 has been an anti White propagandist.
    Smallpox lesions have been definitely found in a cerca 1300 Mexican skeleton and not in any cerca 1300 European bones.

    There is also the virulence of the first post 1500 smallpox epidemics in Europe. Try as you will, you will not find any evidence of smallpox in Europe before 1500.

    • Zimriel

      There was talk that some of the plagues post-Justinian were camelpox. That one reason the Muslims did so well is that they were immune to what the Persians were not.

  • Magician

    By the way, if anyone still wants to argue against the fact that U.K. is the country where white women love black men, and love having their own white genes permanently disappear more than women in any other country do in this world, after reading this article, bring it on.


    The address of the page says it all…..

  • Zimriel

    Excellent post.
    I am really glad I decided to not-care about what the internet thinks about this place. Leave alone the race angle; the anthropology I learn here is worth it.

    • tancred guiscard

      Agreed. If someone could name some unbiased anthropology, archaeology, or prehistory sites(ancient aliens excluded!)I would be most grateful.

  • John R

    Another crack in the armor of liberalism. I never believed this “The Europeans brought disease to the Native Americans” myth. There is evidence of epidemics predating the arrival of White people to North and South America.
    Of course, the idea that the diseases that decimated the Indians actually came from Africans originally, is a real blow to the libs. “Geeze, those damned scientists! The story sounded so much nicer the other way…”

  • WR_the_realist

    Well, we did get syphilis from the Indians. I don’t that was transported by seals from the New World to Europe.

    • It is actually difficult to pin syphilis down, because yaws and bejel and syphilis are all nearly the same disease. They do appear to be New World diseases, as Europeans in the 1500s appear to have had no resistance to them. The probable original introduction to humans in the Americas was from eating poorly cooked bear meat.

      • Bossman

        There is some speculation that Columbus and his crew first stopped on the African coast and got it from there. Another speculation is that many of Columbus crew were convicted felons who had spend a lot of time in prison and had gay sex. Syphilis also looked like a new disease for the Indians because soon after the encounter with the Europeans they began to die in great numbers of that disease.

        • Even if they were having gay sex, the disease microorganism would still have required some original animal reservoir before it spread to humans.

        • The Worlds Scapegoat

          Dark skinned people are immune to the effects of Syphilis. Suppsoedly it only effects them like a common cold, while it makes whites insane. The Allele responsible for sickle cell anemia protects dark skinned people from the effects of syphilis and malaria. That is what I was told in anthropology class.


      • The Worlds Scapegoat

        Syphilis is very old. Supposedly there is evidence of it in Egypt during the Pharaohs reign.

        I was told it was named after a Greek boy named Syphilis.



  • candide

    If only there were some animal we could import with a disease that could exterminate the black population of our country!

  • Bossman

    The idea for vitamin C came from the Indians so also was the cure for Malaria (quinine). The introduction of quinine marks the beginning of modern pharmacology. In the early days in America, the colonist relied on a lot of Indian medicine.

    • Tarczan

      You forgot the x-ray and cat scan. Remember also, that the Aztecs were the earliest practicers of open heart surgery.

      • Nancy

        “Remember also, that the Aztecs were the earliest practicers of open heart surgery.”

        I’m not sure if ripping open a victim’s chest cavity and eating his heart while it’s still beating counts.

        • Bossman

          Yes, the pre-Columbian savages of America practiced human sacrifice and ritual cannibalism. They thought that they had to do that to please the gods. When the Catholic priests from Europe arrived, the priests told them that the real god had already sent his only begotten son to be sacrificed on a cross once and for all and all they had to do was pray to him and call upon his name and everything would be okay and the savages were happy with that.

        • I do hope that was the premise behind the quip……

      • Bossman

        They could not perform heart surgery but they could perform brain surgery. All of humanity has gone through a learning curve. Europeans advanced when a few brave men gave up popular superstitions.

    • Vitamin C wasn’t an “idea” that “came from the Indians”. Many types of fruit from all over the world contain significant amounts of Vitamin C. Neither was quinine an Amerind “idea”. Amerinds had no modern chemical industry. Quinine does come from chinchona bark, and that tree is native to South America, but malaria itself is an Old-World disease.

      • Bossman

        I don’t feel like going into details about this. I recommend that you read a book called: Indian Givers: How Native Americans Transformed the World by Jack Weatherford. The author is an award-winning anthropologist.

  • Bossman

    They were savages and tried to do what they thought of as right and they tried to please their savage gods so that the crops would grow and the sun would shine and all other good things would continue to happen.

  • John R

    Seals helped Europeans kill off the natives? Gee. I now understand when Hernan Cortez told one of his aids, “Call in the Seal Teams!” So THAT’S what happened!

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

    “Within the past 2,500 years, the marine animals likely contracted the
    disease from an African host species and carried it across the ocean to
    coastal people in South America.”

    TB and Aids. I guess the “out of Africa” theory is correct.


    • AndrewInterrupted

      Now Ebola.

  • Bossman

    No! Iron Eyes Cody was an Englishman.

  • chris8lee

    Don’t kid yourselves. Wars, disease and genocide did it.

  • hyper Warp

    Wonder who or what helped the Native Americans “Wipe Out” the Solutreans, the Original American’s. Oh, the Solutreans were white, stone age Europeans – never mind, it’s cool that they got wiped out. Looking at history, seems like everybody has “wiped out” somebody but not held to account unless the wipers happened to be YT

  • M.

    In my message, I said that the millions of Amerindians (if there were indeed millions of them) were killed off by diseases, not by white Europeans, as this article suggests. I agree, the Natives were far more savage than the Europeans back then.

  • Bossman

    Some Indians were very nasty but the man who wrote the book about the conquest of Mexico described the Indians as looking very clean, especially the women. Until modern times, Europeans did not bathe much. They also wore wool and leather clothing that could not be washed. They were also very sexually prudish and wore way too much clothes whereas the Indian went about almost naked.