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DNA from a 400,000 year old hominin from Spain decoded

The Max Planck team have now taken a giant leap backwards in time in extracting and analysing an almost complete mitochondrial genome sequence of a 400,000-year-hominin. The specimen is from Sima de los Huesos, a unique cave site in Northern Spain. The results show that it is related to the mitochondrial genome of Denisovans, extinct relatives of Neandertals in Asia. Continue reading

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From Polynesia to South America? and back?

Researchers have found some Polynesian DNA in the remains of some Native Americans.
Although the interpretation is bewildering, the data is pretty clear-cut. The authors focused on a tribe that originally lived in the south-east of Brazil called the Botocudo. ….. Continue reading

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Ancient DNA confirms Altai dog from 33,000 years ago

Researchers have analysed ancient DNA control region from a putative dog specimen dated to. 33,000 years ago from the Altai Mountains in central Asia and have found that the Altai dog is more closely related to modern dogs and prehistoric New World canids than it is to contemporary wolves. Continue reading

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Ancient human dna suggests European /Asian split happened well before 40,000 years ago

DNA analysis of ancient human bones from Tianyuan cave suggests that the major migratory splits between Europeans and Asians happened considerably earlier than 40,000 years ago. Continue reading

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