Matthias Meyer of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology is leading a team of scientists in a search for new sources of ancient human DNA. Imagine being able to collect the DNA of a human ancestor who's been dead for tens of thousands of years from the dirt on the
A new genetic study has linked Neolithic farmers in Spain, Germany and Hungary to farmers in Greece and Anatolia. Joachim Burger, one of the study's authors, said genetic analyses of the samples showed that the ancient farmers in central Europe and Spain were more closely related to the Aegean group than
The skeletons of seven Romans found in York, some of whom were decapitated, have undergone genome analysis. Archaeologists have speculated that the skeletons belonged to gladiators, although they could also have been soldiers or criminals. Several suffered perimortem decapitation and were all of a similar age – under 45 years old.
An international team of researchers have successfully sequenced the genome of woolly mammoths who lived in Siberia 45,000 years ago. This discovery means that recreating extinct species is a much more real possibility, one we could in theory realize within decades,” says evolutionary geneticist Hendrik Poinar, director of the Ancient DNA
New research shows that Neanderthals were much less genetically diverse than modern humans due to their populations being smaller and more isolated. Although Neanderthals underwent more genetic changes involving their skeletons, they had fewer such changes in behavior and pigmentation, scientists added. Modern humans are the only humans alive today, but Earth