Several anthropologists, historians, and archeologists have suggested that Native Americans are descendants of Europeans or Africans who crossed the Atlantic Ocean in prehistory.
There is also genetic evidence of such African predecessors among some descendants in Argentina, and archeological evidence of European natives in North America, including Clovis point weapons of European design pre-dating Asian-descended occupation, and the apparently European traits of those weapons' owners' bones.
It is difficult to estimate the percentage of the total Native American population killed by these diseases, since waves of disease oftentimes preceded European exploration, sometimes destroying entire villages.
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