Category Archives: Ancestry

Gov. Inslee: Turn Kennewick Man Over to the Tribes

kennewick-man-clay-modelIn a letter sent to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on June 23 Washington Governor Jay Inslee requested that the remains of The Ancient One, or Kennewick Man, be turned over to Native American tribes.

DNA From Ancient Skeleton Shows Ties to Native Americans

kennerwickmanNEW YORK — An ancient skeleton found nearly 20 years ago in a river in Washington is related to Native Americans, says a DNA study that could help resolve a long-running dispute over its ancestry and custody.

British scientists hunt for Viking traces in Norman DNA

Normandy CoastValognes (France) (AFP) – British researchers on Monday began collecting the DNA of residents from Normandy in northern France in search of Viking heritage, but the project has raised concerns amongst some local anti-racism activists.

DNA Deciphers Roots of Modern Europeans

Yamnaya CultureFor centuries, archaeologists have reconstructed the early history of Europe by digging up ancient settlements and examining the items that their inhabitants left behind. More recently, researchers have been scrutinizing something even more revealing than pots, chariots and swords: DNA.

Ancient DNA Reveals How the Bronze Age Changed Europe

BarrowsGenes from 5,000 years ago show that the Europeans of that crucial historical era were predominantly light-skinned — and mostly lactose-intolerant.
The findings, based on a rough analysis of genetic material extracted from the teeth of 101 ancient humans, provide snapshots of how mass migrations changed Europe’s peoples during the Bronze Age, which lasted from around the year 3000 B.C. to 1000 B.C.

What’s Old Is New Again

Vintage DNARevolutionary new methods for extracting, purifying, and sequencing ever-more-ancient DNA have opened an unprecedented window into the history of life on Earth.

Scientists in India to test DNA of Ancient Skeletons to Determine if they are Ahom Royals

Raja PalaceScientists in India will compare DNA from the bones of six 700-year-old skeletons to the DNA of living descendants of the Ahom royals to see if the old bones belong to the ancestors of the Ahom royal family or to looters who died while plundering the tombs at the famous Charaideo Maidam site in Assam, the burial site of kings and queens of the Ahom kingdom.

Bone DNA reveals humanity’s trek into South America

AndesSkeletons from Peru caves plot course for a single migration to the continent.

Ancient skeletons found in India

Ancient Keletons IndiaArchaeologists in India say they have unearthed four human skeletons dating back to the oldest civilisation in the subcontinent.
The ancient Harappan civilisation dates back around 4,000 years and was first discovered at Mohenjo Daro in what is now Pakistan in the 1920s.

Centuries-old DNA helps identify specific origins of slave skeletons found in Caribbean

BustamanteA newly developed genetic technique enabled researchers to sequence DNA from the teeth of 300-year-old skeletons, helping to pinpoint where in Africa three slaves had likely lived before being captured.

Scandinavian Team Searches for Indo-European Homeland through Kazakhstan DNA

sturla-ellingvagASTANA – A Scandinavian team has come to Kazakhstan in search of the common homeland of all Indo-European peoples, collecting bone fragments for analysis in the Centre for Geogenetics at the University of Copenhagen.

They Found Richard III. So Now What?

tdy_King_Richard_130204_vembedlarge456The last time Richard III was buried in Leicester, England, he had been taken from a battlefield, slung naked over a horse, stabbed in the buttocks with a dagger and thrown into a shallow grave. That was late August 1485. On Thursday, March 26, 2015, Richard will be buried again. This time will be different.

Questions raised over Queen’s ancestry after DNA test on Richard III’s cousins

tdy_King_Richard_130204_vembedlarge456The bones of the king under the car park have delivered further shocks, 527 years after his death and more than two years after his remains were discovered in Leicester: Richard III was a blue-eyed blond, and the present Queen may not be descended from John of Gaunt and Edward III, the lineage on which the Tudor claim to the throne originated.

DNA yields secrets of human pioneer

Universal ManUniversal human: This reconstruction is of a different modern human from Romania 43,000 years ago. But it gives some clues to what the Siberian man may have looked like. This population was not long out of Africa and genetically midway between Europeans and Asians.

How ancient DNA is rewriting human history

Human skullThere are no written records of the most important developments in our history: the transition from hunting and gathering to farming, the initial colonization of regions outside Africa, and, most crucially, the appearance of modern humans and the vanishing of archaic ones. Our primary information sources about these “pre-historic” events are ancient tools, weapons, bones, and, more recently, DNA. Like an ancient text that has picked up interpolations over the millennia, our genetic history can be difficult to recover from the DNA of people alive today. But with the invention of methods to read DNA taken from ancient bones, we now have access to much older copies of our genetic history, and it’s radically changing how we understand our deep past. What seemed like an episode of Lost turns out to be much more like Game of Thrones: instead of a story of small, isolated groups that colonized distant new territory, human history is a story of ancient populations that migrated and mixed all over the world.