Daily Archives: December 21, 2010

OU scientists to test bone fragments thought to be Amelia Earhart’s

The Oklahoma Daily
The three bone fragments turned up on a deserted South Pacific island that lay along the course Amelia Earhart was following when she vanished. Nearby were several tantalizing artifacts: some old makeup, some glass bottles and shells that had been cut open.

Bones Give Peek Into the Lives of Neanderthals

Deep in a cave in the forests of northern Spain are the remains of a gruesome massacre. The first clues came to light in 1994, when explorers came across a pair of what they thought were human jawbones in the cave, called El Sidrón. At first, the bones were believed to date to the Spanish Civil War. Back then, Republican fighters used the cave as a hide-out. The police discovered more bone fragments in El Sidrón, which they sent to forensic scientists, who determined that the bones did not belong to soldiers, or even to modern humans. They were the remains of Neanderthals who died 50,000 years ago.

Microscopic traces of DNA evidence, formerly too small to use, can be used to trap killers: DA

New York Daily News
Manhattan prosecutors are dusting off yellowing files and using new technology to screen thousands of unsolved murders for DNA evidence that might finally nab a killer.