Category Archives: Ancient DNA

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.

Who is buried in potter’s field?

Potters FieldSAN BERNARDINO – In a tiny cemetery that serves as the final stop for hundreds of once-destitute people, college students are spending another summer trying to solve the mysteries of anonymous death in a hectic world.
The basic goal is simple – to connect names to bodies.

DNA Reveals That It Was Not The Mother Protecting This Child In The ‘Asian Pompeii’

Skeletons at F3Images of skeletons from the Lajia site in the Qinghai province of China are captivating. Painstaking excavation and pedestaling of the bones reveals adults and children in a 4,000-year-old embrace. But while these images have gotten media attention today, the archaeological site has been excavated since 1999 by archaeologists primarily from the Institute of Archaeology at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the Qinghai Provincial Institute of Antiquity and Archaeology.

Ancestral humans had more DNA

DNA DiversityAncestral humans carried 40.7 million more DNA base pairs than people do today, researchers report online August 6 in Science. That’s enough DNA to build a small chromosome, says study coauthor Evan Eichler, an evolutionary geneticist at the University of Washington in Seattle.

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.