Category Archives: Ancient DNA

DNA study finds London was ethnically diverse from start

Gladiator SkullThe analysis reveals what some of the very first Londoners looked like and where they came from.
These initial results come from four people: two had origins from outside Europe, another was from continental Europe and one was a native Briton.

DNA Reveals Mysterious Human Cousin With Huge Teeth

MolarThe analysis of a fossil tooth from Siberia reveals that a mysterious people known as Denisovans, discovered a mere five years ago, persisted for tens of thousands of years alongside modern humans and Neanderthals.

This Ear Was Made With Vincent Van Gogh’s DNA

Van Gogh earSmithsonian- Vincent van Gogh’s ear is nearly as famous as his jaw-dropping Starry Night. Though its final resting place may never be found—as the legend goes, he severed off part of his ear and then gave it to a prostitute—museumgoers in New York can get a look at the next best thing. ArtNet’s Sarah Cascone reports that a living replica of van Gogh’s ear, created using the artist’s DNA, is now on display at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in New York City.

Incan Child Sacrified to the Gods Reveals History of American Expansion

Inca mummyThe mummy of an Incan child who was sacrificed to the gods more than 500 years ago belonged to a previously unknown offshoot of an ancient Native American lineage, new research finds.

DNA of ancient babies provides clue to early American inhabitation

Ancient Babies DNASALT LAKE CITY — The ancient remains of two infants uncovered in Alaska are related to two lineages of Native Americans, according to a DNA analysis done by researchers at the University of Utah.

In Ancient DNA, Evidence of Plague Much Earlier Than Previously Known

Bronze Age SkullBacteria can change history.

In the 14th century, a microbe called Yersinia pestis caused an epidemic of plague known as the Black Death that killed off a third or more of the population of Europe. The long-term shortage of workers that followed helped bring about the end of feudalism.

Shroud Of Turin DNA Indicates Global Origins

Shroud of TurinThere’s a surprising new wrinkle in the story of the celebrated Shroud of Turin.
A group of Italian researchers have found that the 14-foot-long garment — believed by some to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, even though science has proven that’s not the case — contains DNA from plants found all over Earth.

Using Ancient DNA, Researchers Unravel the Mystery of Machu Picchu

Machu PicchuA collaborative project examines the 400-year-old skeletons of those who worked at the iconic Inca citadel.

Mona Lisa’s identity remains a mystery after DNA tests

'Very likely' Mona Lisa remains foundROME — Italian researchers said on Thursday they might have found bone fragments belonging to the woman immortalized by Leonardo da Vinci in his acclaimed “Mona Lisa” portrait.

Egypt OKs radar quest for queen’s crypt in Tut’s tomb

NefertitiThe Egyptian Antiquities Ministry granted preliminary approval for the use of a non-invasive radar to verify a theory that Queen Nefertiti’s crypt may be hidden behind King Tutankhamun’s 3,300-year-old tomb in the famous Valley of the Kings, a ministry official said Tuesday.

DNA Analysis Identifies Irish Nationalist’s Remains

Thomas KentDUBLIN, IRELAND—The remains of Thomas Kent, one of 16 men executed by the British in 1916 after the Easter Rising, have been identified by archaeologists and geneticists at University College Dublin (UCD) through DNA analysis.

Skeleton DNA analysis to shed light on medieval lifestyles and bone disease at Norton Priory in Runcorn

Turi KingThis month Dr Turi King, lecturer in genetics and archaeology at the University Of Leicester, and Dr Rob Layfield, associate professor in biochemistry at the University Of Nottingham medical school, visited the monastic heritage site to take samples from the remains.

This Face Changes the Human Story. But How?

Homo NalediScientists have discovered a new species of human ancestor deep in a South African cave, adding a baffling new branch to the family tree.

UW researchers involved in discovery of new species of human ancestor

Homo-naledi-JPGWhen an amateur caver and university geologist arrived at Lee Berger’s house one night in late 2013 with a fragment of a fossil jawbone in hand, they broke out the beers and called National Geographic.

DNA helps unravel the story behind past human migrations

Cristina ValdioseraPast human migrations have always been a subject of great interest because they tell us a story of where we come from, and who we are.
Molecular archaeology or archaeogenetics, is a new field that allows you to travel back in time and directly study the DNA of humans or animals in the archaeological record.