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Secrets from Neanderthal Tooth Plaque
Jef Akst | Mar 10, 2017
Ancient hominins in northern Spain ate mushrooms, pine nuts, and moss, and may have used
mold and other natural products to sooth toothache pain.
Genetic Test Solves Royal Mystery
Jef Akst | Oct 1, 2016
Genetic analyses lay to rest conspiracy theories about death of Belgian King Albert I, who lost his life in a rock climbing accident more than 80 years ago.
Study: Farming Arose Twice in the Ancient Middle East
Bob Grant | Jun 21, 2016
Ancient DNA research suggests that there were two independent agricultural revolutions more than 10,000 years ago.
Dog Domestication History Clarified
Bob Grant | Jun 3, 2016
A study suggests that wolves were transformed into man’s best friend more than once, in Asia and in Europe or the Near East.
US Government to Repatriate Kennewick Man
Bob Grant | Apr 29, 2016
A 2015 ancient DNA study determined that the 8,500-year-old skeletal remains belonged to an individual of Native American ancestry. Now, the US Army Corp of Engineers has begun the process of returning the bones to their rightful owners.
Clock Reset on Denisovan-Neanderthal Split
Kerry Grens | Mar 14, 2016
Nuclear DNA from 430,000-year-old specimens indicates that Neanderthals had already diverged from their ancient-human predecessors.
Ancient Microbe Migration
Karen Zusi | Jan 11, 2016
Bacteria from the stomach contents of “Iceman,” an ancient corpse frozen in a European glacier, shed light on early human migration.
Jef Akst | Dec 30, 2015
The genomes of a 5,200-year-old woman and three 4,000-year-old men yield clues about the founding of Celtic populations.
Year in Review: Spotlight on Ancient DNA
Bob Grant | Dec 30, 2015
Several studies using centuries-old genetic material graced the pages of life-science journals in 2015. Here’s a look at a few of the researchers and papers that made headlines this year.
Farming Sped Eurasian Evolution
Bob Grant | Nov 24, 2015
New clues from ancient DNA reveal the remarkable effect of agriculture on adaptation in Stone Age humans who lived across Europe.