Peruvian genetics specialist Ricardo Fujita works at his lab in the San Martin de Porres University in Lima on May 11, 2018. AFP / Cris BOURONCLE
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Researchers in Peru believe they have traced the origins of the Incas – the largest pre-Hispanic civilization in the Americas – through the DNA of the modern-day descendants of their emperors. From their ancient capital Cusco, the Incas controlled a vast empire called Tahuantinsuyo, which extended from the west of present-day Argentina to the south of Colombia.After becoming fascinated by the Inca culture, their organizational skills and their mastery of engineering, researchers Ricardo Fujita and Jose Sandoval of Lima's University of San Martin de Porresit became interested in the genetic profile of their descendants.The scientists wanted to verify two common legends about the origin of the Incas.The researchers are now looking for where the Incas' most direct descendants are buried in order to trace their history.The DNA analysis would add to archeological and anthropological research to understand the exact origin of the people.
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