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Ancient DNA News
December 8, 2019

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The search for evidence of life on Mars could be helped by fresh insights into ancient rocks ... read more
In ancient Egypt, sacred ibises were collected from their natural habitats to be ritually sacrificed, according to a ... read more
Researchers have succeeded in reconstructing the evolutionary relationship between a two million year old giant primate and the living orangutan. It is the first time genetic ... read more

First Evidence of Feathered Polar Dinosaurs Found in Australia

A cache of 118 million-year-old fossilized dinosaur and bird feathers has been recovered from an ancient lake deposit that once lay beyond the southern polar ... read more
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Early DNA Lineages Shed Light on the Diverse Origins of the Contemporary Population

A new genetic study demonstrates that, at the end of the Iron Age, Finland was inhabited by separate and differing populations, all of them influencing the gene pool of modern Finns. The study is so ... read more

Exceptional Fossils May Need a Breath of Air to Form

New research has found that a long held belief by paleontologists about the fossilization process may be wrong. The team has found that while low oxygen environments set the stage, it takes air to ... read more

Ancient Bone Protein Reveals Which Turtles Were on the Menu in Florida, Caribbean

Thousands of years ago, the inhabitants of modern-day Florida and the Caribbean feasted on sea turtles, leaving behind bones that tell tales of ancient diets and the ocean's past. An ... read more

Ancient Rhinos Roamed the Yukon

Paleontologists have used modern tools to identify the origins of a few fragments of teeth found more than four decades ago by a schoolteacher in the ... read more

Alongside Ötzi the Iceman: A Bounty of Ancient Mosses and Liverworts

Buried alongside the famous Ötzi the Iceman are at least 75 species of bryophytes -- mosses and liverworts -- which hold clues to Ötzi's surroundings, according to a new ... read more

Insect Evolution During the Eocene Epoch

Scientists have shown that the incidence of midge and fly larvae in amber is far higher than previously thought. The new finds shed light on insect evolution and the ecology in the Baltic amber ... read more

Researchers Identify the Sex of Skeletons Based on Elbow Features

In an effort to help identify skeletal remains of Thai descent, researchers have found that examining the distal humerus (elbow) bone is superior to previous techniques that were developed for ... read more

The evolution of dietary and hygienic habits in Western countries is associated with a decrease in the bacteria that help in digestion. These very bacteria were also found in the Iceman, who lived ... read more

Paleontologists Discover Complete Saurornitholestes Langstoni Specimen

The discovery of a nearly complete dromaeosaurid Saurornitholestes langstoni specimen is providing critical information for the evolution of theropod dinosaurs, according to new ... read more

Meet Siamraptor Suwati, a New Species of Giant Predatory Dinosaur from Thailand

Fossils discovered in Thailand represent a new genus and species of predatory dinosaur, according to a new ... read more

Meet the 'Mold Pigs,' a New Group of Invertebrates from 30 Million Years Ago

Fossils preserved in Dominican amber reveal a new family, genus and species of microinvertebrate from the mid-Tertiary period, a discovery that shows unique lineages of the tiny creatures were living ... read more

What Color Were Fossil Animals?

Scientists have evaluated fossil color reconstruction methods and proposed a new study framework that improves and expands current ... read more

Mummy Study: Heart Disease Was Bigger Issue for Human Ancestors Than Initially Thought

A new imaging study of the mummified arteries of people who lived thousands of years ago revealed that their arteries were more clogged than originally thought, according to a proof-of-concept ... read more

Croc-Like Carnivores Terrorized Triassic Dinosaurs in Southern Africa 210 Million Years Ago

Giant, predatory croc-like animals that lived during the Triassic period in southern Africa preyed on early dinosaurs and mammal relatives 210 million years ago. These predators, known as ... read more

Descendants of Early Europeans and Africans in US Carry Native American Genetic Legacy

Many people in the US do not belong to Native American communities but still carry bits of Native American DNA, inherited from European and African ancestors who had children with indigenous ... read more

Long Lost Human Relative Unveiled

Many people are familiar with the existence of Neanderthals, the humanoid species that was a precursor to modern humans, but far less is known Denisovans, a similar group that were contemporaries to ... read more

Researchers Mix RNA and DNA to Study How Life's Process Began Billions of Years Ago

RNA World is a fascinating theory but it may not hold true. The problem is that the ingredients, such as enzymes, to make RNA World work just didn't exist on early ... read more

Mysterious Jurassic Crocodile Identified 250 Years After Fossil Find

A prehistoric crocodile that lived around 180 million years ago has been identified -- almost 250 years after the discovery of it fossil ... read more

Long Before Other Fish, Ancient Sharks Found an Alternative Way to Feed

Researchers have used tools developed to explore 3D movements and mechanics of modern-day fish jaws to analyze a fossil fish for the first ... read more

Reconstructing the Evolution of All Species

By looking into fossil teeth from almost 2 million years old rhinos, researchers have launched a new molecular method for studying the evolutionary history of fossil species dating back millions of ... read more

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