Researchers have analyzed ancient DNA obtained from mummies interred at Abusir el-Meleq in Egypt. Although many of the first extractions of ancient DNA were from mummified remains, scientists raised doubts as to whether genetic data, especially so-called nuclear genome data, from mummies would ever be reliable, even if it could be
Researchers have managed to recover hominid DNA from cave sediments dating back between 14,000-550,000 years. Scientists in Germany have recovered ancient human DNA from sediment, not bones or teeth, in a finding that could offer a new inroad into our own evolutionary history. A team from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary
Researchers have compared the plaque found in the teeth of Neanderthals in Spain to Neanderthals living in Belgium, learning that the Spanish Neanderthals were vegetarians while those who lived in Belgium ate rhinoceros and sheep. In a 2013 study, a team led by Cooper sequenced preserved plaque to uncover upheavals in
Scientists have mapped the genome of a Phoenician male who lived 2,500 years ago. To find European lineage in North Africa dating from 2,500 years ago was “very unexpected”, the professor said. The scientists were expecting to find DNA of indigenous North African lineage, because of the location, or from the
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.