Category Archives: Ancient DNA

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.

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.

Mass Grave With 200 Skeletons Found Under Supermarket In Central Paris

Mass Graves ParisArchaeologists have made a strange and rather gruesome discovery under a supermarket in central Paris: an ancient mass grave containing the skeletal remains of more than 200 people.

Australian scientists use ancient DNA to trace origins of languages

ancient skeletonAustralian scientists have slipped another piece into the puzzle about human language development and it suggests that nearly half the world’s population may be more closely related than we think.
Analysis of ancient DNA has shed light on migration patterns, helping researchers trace the origins of some of the most widely spoken languages in the world.

ADP Forensic Evidence Department Identifies DNA Typing Of Archeological Bone Samples

old DNAThe Forensic Evidence Department at Abu Dhabi Police announced that it has succeeded in achieving a complete DNA profile match of two bone powder samples. One of the samples is approximately 400 years, the second sample dates back some 150 years. The Forensic Evidence Department at Abu Dhabi Police was one of three and 13 laboratories to have handled the samples respectively out of 18 laboratories from around the world.

Scan reveals 1,000-year-old mummified monk hidden in statue

buddhist monk statue with skeleton(CNN) — A golden statue of a sitting Buddha, smuggled from a temple in China to a market in the Netherlands, revealed an extraordinary secret — a 1,000-year-old mummified monk.

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.

A New Theory on How Neanderthal DNA Spread in Asia

helix10In 2010, scientists made a startling discovery about our past: About 50,000 years ago, Neanderthals interbred with the ancestors of living Europeans and Asians.
Now two teams of researchers have come to another intriguing conclusion: Neanderthals interbred with the ancestors of Asians at a second point in history, giving them an extra infusion of Neanderthal DNA.

Bacterial DNA from the Black Death found in teeth

bacterialdnaBiologists at the University of Oslo are now making a giant effort to identify the relationship between climate change, rat infestations, and the many major plague epidemics throughout history. The knowledge may be used to predict the next plague outbreak.