Category Archives: Ancient DNA

Keeping you current Ancient DNA Offers Insight on Origins of Southeast Asia’s Present-Day Population

Smithsonian- Researchers sequenced 26 genomes using DNA samples dating as far back as 8,000 years.

5,300 Years Ago, Ötzi the Iceman Died. Now We Know His Last Meal

It took 20 years to find his stomach. Now researchers know what was inside—in excruciating detail.

What’s Inside This Massive Egyptian Sarcophagus?

This black granite sarcophagus was found in a tomb in Alexandria, Egypt. Dating back over 2,000 years, it is the largest sarcophagus ever found in Alexandria, archaeologists believe.

Volcanos and DNA

About 75,000 years ago, a massive volcanic eruption in Indonesia, one of the most powerful known volcanic eruptions in the last two million years, came close to wiping out the human species. How have scientists come to this conclusion? Lava and DNA.

Skeletons Of Executed Immigrants Found In Neolithic Mass Grave In Germany, Archaeologists Report

Forbes- Neolithic farming culture seven millennia ago may seem like a peaceful paleo society, but growing archaeological evidence, including a newly discovered mass grave of skeletons in Germany, has revealed the systematic execution of immigrants in this time period.

DNA study reveals fate of Irish women taken by Vikings as slaves to Iceland

The mapping of DNA from some of the settlers who colonised Iceland more than 1,000 years ago offers an insight into the fate of thousands of slaves – mostly women – who were taken by Norse Vikings from Ireland and Scotland before they put down roots on the North Atlantic island.

Peruvian scientists use DNA to trace origins of Inca emperors

Researchers in Peru believe they have traced the origins of the Incas —the largest pre-Hispanic civilization in the Americas—through the DNA of the modern-day descendants of their emperors.

Analysis of remains from 1717 Cape shipwreck shows pirate had treasure in his pocket

WEST YARMOUTH, Mass. — It may not have belonged to legendary pirate Samuel “Black Sam” Bellamy, but a recent analysis of a bone fragment recovered from a 1717 pirate shipwreck off Cape Cod revealed some interesting information about the sailor who died in the waters off Massachusetts hundreds of years ago — with what appeared to be treasure in his pocket.

Loch Ness Monster Hunters to Try DNA Search? Get the Facts

National Geographic-A group of scientists plans to find out once and for all if Scotland’s most famous “resident,” the Loch Ness Monster, is or ever was hiding in the deep by sequencing as many DNA fragments as they can find in the lake’s murky waters.

In Ancient Skeletons, Scientists Discover a Modern Foe: Hepatitis B

From 15 sets of skeletal remains, researchers have recovered DNA from the oldest viruses known to have infected humans— and have resurrected some strains in the laboratory.

Hun migrations ‘linked to deadly Justinian Plague’

The Justinian Plague, which struck in 541 AD, may have killed as many as 25 million.
Now, scientists say the outbreak probably originated in Asia, not Egypt as contemporary and more recent chroniclers had thought.
The finding comes from analysis of DNA found in 137 human skeletons unearthed on the Eurasian steppe.
The steppe region covers a vast area, spanning some 8,000km from Hungary to north-eastern China. The large sample of individuals covers a date range of 2,500 BC – 1,500 AD.

Whydah investigators using DNA in quest to ID pirate remains

A quest to determine whether human remains salvaged from the wreck of the Whydah pirate ship are those of its captain, Samuel “Black Sam” Bellamy, brought an investigator for the project across the Atlantic Ocean to gather DNA from Bellamy’s descendant and visit the pirate’s birthplace.

The F.B.I. and the Mystery of the Mummy’s Head

A museum wasn’t sure whose head they had put on display. That’s when the F.B.I.’s forensic scientists were called in to crack the agency’s oldest case.

13,000-Year-Old Human Footprints Found—Oldest Yet From North America

When humans were walking around the west coast of current day Canada 13,000 years ago, they left behind footprints.
That’s according to a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE that outlines the discovery of 29 human footprints found at the shoreline of Calvert Island in British Columbia.

Exclusive: Royal Burial in Ancient Canaan May Shed New Light on Biblical City

An undisturbed elite tomb discovered in ancient Armageddon is replete with gold offerings—and the promise of unlocking secrets with DNA analysis.