Category Archives: Ancient DNA

Tracing Routes to America Through DNA, Both Ancient and New

Karitiana childrenSome people in the Brazilian Amazon are very distant relations of indigenous Australians, New Guineans and other Australasians, two groups of scientists who conducted detailed genetic analyses reported Tuesday. But the researchers disagree on the source of that ancestry.

The Complicated Science—and Conflict—Behind Identifying the First Native Americans

ancient human DNAGenetic studies of living Native Americans and ancient remains are revising our theories about America’s first inhabitants.

DNA test to determine ancient Chornancap priestess origin

Chormanacap PriestessChiclayo, Jun. 30. Specialists from the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology at Harvard University, United States will analyze DNA information from skeletal remains of Chornancap priestess, a woman of the greatest hierarchy yet discovered in the Lambayeque culture, in a bid to determine her genetic background.

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.

Student Extracts Sample From ‘Original Nittany Lion’ For DNA Analysis

DNA MarkersA team of student researchers is working to sequence the Nittany Lion genome. Maya Evanitsky, the team’s lead researcher, extracted a sample from “The Original Nittany Lion” on display in the All Sports Museum this afternoon.
Evanitsky applied to work on the project last year. She saw an email asking for students interested in working with “Ancient DNA” and was instantly intrigued. George (PJ) Perry, assistant professor of anthropology and biology, is the faculty coordinator of the project. The team began brainstorming research topics this fall.

Oldest Neanderthal DNA Sample Extracted in Italy

Oldest Neaderthal in italyThe oldest samples of Neanderthal DNA have been extracted from remains embedded in a cave in southern Italy, confirming that the so-called Altamura Man was a Neanderthal who lived around 150,000 years ago.

A Presidential Mystery: Wisconsin State Crime Lab testing bedspread Lincoln allegedly died on for blood

Abraham Lincoln1MADISON (WKOW) — Ahead of the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s death, the Wisconsin Historical Museum is trying to unravel one of history’s greatest mysteries.
There’s supporting evidence that a bedspread they’ve stored for nearly 100 years, is the one Lincoln died on.