Category Archives: Ancestry

Richard III DNA test sparks controversy

tdy_King_Richard_130204_vembedlarge456King Richard III has been dead for more than 500 years, but his bones continue to ignite fresh controversy.
The medieval king, unearthed from a Leicester parking lot in 2012, has been the center of debate over where and how his body should be reburied. Now, a plan to sequence the full genome of Richard III has brought new strife.

Tracing Ancestry, Researchers Produce a Genetic Atlas of Human Mixing Events

ChromosomeResearchers have found genetic evidence for hundreds of examples of the large-scale mixing of human populations in the past 4,000 years.

Oldest Burial Yields DNA Evidence of First Americans

Clovis eraDNA harvested from the remains of an infant buried 13,000 years ago confirms that the earliest widespread culture in North America was descended from humans who crossed over to the New World from Asia, scientists say.

Which parts of us are Neanderthal? Our genes point to skin and hair

Neanderthal characteristicsA double-barreled comparison of ancient Neanderthal DNA with hundreds of modern-day genomes suggests that many of us have Neanderthal skin and hair traits — but other parts of the Neanderthal genome appear to have been bred out of us along the way.

Bone fragment ‘could be King Alfred or son Edward’

Alfred A fragment of pelvis bone unearthed in Winchester in 1999 may belong to King Alfred the Great or his son Edward the Elder, academics have said.

Year in Review: New discoveries reshape debate over human ancestry

AustralopithicusHuman evolution appears poised for a scientific makeover, as unexpected and provocative findings have raised new questions this year about two poorly understood periods leading to the emergence of Homo sapiens.

Mystery early human revealed by DNA data

Denisova Cave1DNA analysis of early human remains from a Siberian cave has revealed the existence of a mystery human species.
A team of researchers speculates that this could have been Homo erectus, which lived in Europe and Asia a million years ago or more.

Ancient skeleton DNA ties Siberia to Native American origins

humerisThe DNA gleaned from two ancient Siberian skeletons is related to that of modern-day Native Americans and western Eurasians, new research suggests.
The genetic material from the ancient Siberians provides additional evidence that the ancestors of Native Americans made the arduous trek from Siberia across the Bering Strait into the Americas.

Unveiling the Halloween Monster DNA in Everyone

Ramses IISome Halloween fans take costuming to a whole other level. The wig will be just right, the make-up impeccable, the voice adjusted, and the costume scarily realistic. But even for these semi-pros, something is always missing. For all the external adornments, they will never really become the character without the real monster stuff; without the monster mojo inside; without monster DNA.

Scientists say Ötzi the Iceman has living relatives, 5,300 years later

OtziNo next-of-kin was around to claim the frozen 5,300-year-old body of Ötzi the Iceman when it was found in the Italian Alps in 1991, but researchers now report that there are at least 19 genetic relatives of Ötzi living in Austria’s Tyrol region.
“These men and the ‘Iceman’ had the same ancestors,” Walther Parson, a researcher at the Institute for Forensic Medicine in Innsbruck, told the Austrian Press Agency last week.

DNA tests rule out “royal remains”

King Henry IV of FranceA YEAR after the British dug up one of their most notorious kings from a Leicester car park, DNA tests have revealed that the supposed remains of an infamous French monarch are not the real deal.

European link to Jewish maternal ancestry

Jewish AncestryA new genetics study has challenged previous theories about the maternal ancestry of Ashkenazi Jews.
The study suggests that most female ancestors came from southern and western Europe, not the Middle East as some authors assume.

With every swab comes hope that a relative can be found

helix 7More than 100 people, including many Holocaust survivors, contributed samples for the genetic database of the DNA Shoah Project Sept. 29 at the Mandel Jewish Community Center in Beachwood.

Migrants’ DNA could help ID missing Guatemalans

DNA Image1ANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Aracely Garrido returned to her native Guatemala last month to bury one of 13 family members who disappeared during the country’s decades-long civil war and was identified years later through DNA from surviving relatives.

DNA Research Reveals Uros People of Peru and Bolivia to Have Distinctive Genetic Ancestries

Uros IslandsNew genetic research led by the Genographic Project team shows a distinctive ancestry for the Uros populations of Peru and Bolivia that predates the arrival of the Spanish conquistadores and may date back to the earliest settlement of the Altiplano of the central Andes some 3,700 years ago.