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A wooded ecosystem with mammoths alongside modern species such as arctic hares
2.4 Million-Year-Old DNA Is Oldest Ever Recovered
The DNA fragments collected from permafrost in northern Greenland unlock insights into an ancient ecosystem.
2.4 Million-Year-Old DNA Is Oldest Ever Recovered
2.4 Million-Year-Old DNA Is Oldest Ever Recovered

The DNA fragments collected from permafrost in northern Greenland unlock insights into an ancient ecosystem.

The DNA fragments collected from permafrost in northern Greenland unlock insights into an ancient ecosystem.

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