Category Archives: Ancient DNA

New Study Found DNA Inherited From Neanderthals Increases the Risk of Suffering Severe COVID-19

oA new study has identified that the stretch of DNA that may be linked to COVID-19 was passed down from the Neanderthals 60,000 years ago. However, they still do not know the reasn why this particular segment increases the risk of having severe illness from the coronavirus.

DNA Analysis Offers Clues to Production of the Dead Sea Scrolls

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL—According to a Science News report, molecular biologist Oded Rechavi of Tel Aviv University and his colleagues analyzed animal DNA obtained from 26 Dead Sea Scroll fragments in order to study the possible origins of the ancient parchments.

Dinosaur’s 75-Million-Year-Old DNA May Have Been Found, And Why It’s An Epic Discovery

A research team has stumbled upon a discovery that could completely change the way we look at the massive creatures.

Mysterious human ancestor finds its place in our family tree

When it comes to deciphering our ancient family tree, DNA from fossils is the new gold standard. But after about half a million years, even the best-preserved DNA degrades into illegibility, leaving the story of our early evolution shrouded in mystery. A new study of proteins taken from the tooth of an enigmatic human ancestor reveals their rough place in the family tree—and shows how ancient proteins can push beyond the limits of DNA.

9 Ancient Objects That Have Had DNA Tests

DNA contains the biological instructions that drive the existence of every living organism, shaping the world as we know it. With the help of advanced technologies, these complex molecules can also reveal the secrets of people and creatures that came long before us. Scientists have studied DNA preserved within an array of centuries-old relics, from human remains, to fossilized rodents’ nests, to the pages of medieval manuscripts. Here are eight objects that have undergone DNA testing and yielded fascinating revelations about the history of life on Earth.

Old Bones Tell Tales: Scientists Use Ancient DNA To Identify Unmarked Graves

In a new study out in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, scientists attempted to identify six historical remains found in unmarked graves in Québec, Canada, by sequencing ancient DNA and taking advantage of one of the few extensive genealogical databases available in the world.

New ‘DNA clock’ finds that if our genes had their way, humans would have a ‘natural’ lifespan of 38 years

Humans have a “natural” lifespan of around 38 years, according to a new method we have developed for estimating the lifespans of different species by analysing their DNA.

When Did Ancient Humans Begin to Understand Death?

The dead lay in a cave, over a quarter-mile from daylight. Investigators counted remains from at least 28 individuals. The bones were fractured into nearly 7,000 pieces, mixed with bear fossils and mud — and a 6-inch, teardrop-shaped handaxe.
DNA analysis identified the individuals, dated to approximately 430,000 years ago, as early Neanderthals — our evolutionary cousins — or their ancestors.

Pliny the Elder died in the Mount Vesuvius eruption of A.D. 79. Is this his skull?

Just before his death, Pliny — also known as Gaius Plinius Secundus, a military leader and author of the influential tome “Natural History” — was fighting pirates in the Bay of Naples, according to Encyclopedia Britannica. When he saw a strange cloud (later found to be the result of the volcano’s massive eruption), he heroically directed Rome’s imperial fleet southward to Pompeii, where they planned to rescue survivors.

Revealing Genetic Secrets Using DNA Extracted From Extinct and Ancient Museum Specimens

DNA proteins extracted using a vortex fluidic device (VFD) could help answer important questions about extinct and ancient museum specimens.

Belfast’s Egyptian mummy ‘may have died in violent knife attack’

A team of experts appear to have solved a mystery that has confounded academics – and the public – for decades.
How did the Egyptian mummy on display in the Ulster Museum die?

Ancient DNA from West Africa Adds to Picture of Humans’ Rise

The Shum Laka rock shelter in Cameroon, where the remains of two 8,000-year-old boys were discovered in 1994. Scientists recently recovered ancient DNA from the two individuals and from another pair of children buried 5,000 years later.

Ancient Proteins Reveal 6,000-year-old Ring Was Made From Deer Antler or Bone

Nearly 6,000 years ago, in what’s now Denmark, a Neolithic crafter fashioned a ring from a piece of deer antler or bone. During the process, or soon after, the piece broke in two. It was apparently dropped — perhaps discarded in frustration — near other items, including a wooden spear that was also broken.
And there the ring waited, over time buried by debris and dirt, and eventually submerged beneath the sea.

Recent Discoveries Have Overhauled Our Picture of Where Humans Came From, And When

In recent years, anthropologists around the world have discovered new human ancestors, figured out what happened to the Neanderthals, and pushed back the age of the earliest member of our species.
Taken together, these breakthroughs suggest that many of our previous ideas about the human origin story – who we are and where we came from – were wrong.

Etched in DNA: Decoding the secrets of the past

Human origins research. The phrase probably evokes an image of dusty scientists hunched over in the sun, combing the ground for scraps left behind by people of millennia past. The field has long been the realm of stones and bones, with test tube-filled laboratories playing second fiddle.