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Researchers seek sources of ancient DNA

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

Genetic study sheds light on early European farmer migration

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

Genomes of headless Romans studied

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.

Woolly mammoth genome sequenced

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

Spain’s Iberian pig genome unchanged over five centuries

Genetic research carried out on a pig who lived in Spain during the early 16th century suggests that today pig is very closely related to the regions ancient pigs. A team of Spanish researchers have obtained the first partial genome sequence of an ancient pig. Extracted from a sixteenth century pig

Blood found on in pumpkin does not belong to Louis XVI

Analysis carried out on blood found in a pumpkin that was thought to have belong to King Louis XVI has been proven not to have belonged to the executed French monarch. The results of an international study indicate that the DNA recovered from the inside of a pumpkin, attributed so far

Neanderthals had shallow gene pool

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

Researchers to sequence King Richard III’s genome

Dr. Turi King from the Department of Genetics at the University of Leicester is undertaking a project to sequence the genome of Richard III. “Sequencing the genome of Richard III is a hugely important project that will help to teach us not only about him, but ferment discussion about how our