Inuk’s Ancestry: The 4,000 Year-Old Paleo-Eskimo Genome

Hi all, this is Kambiz. I'm resurfacing to share with you a new Peopling of the America's research that peeked my interests. The Nature paper is titled, "Ancient human genome sequence of an extinct Palaeo-Eskimo." The preserved nuclear DNA of a 4,000-year-old man's tuft of hair, found out of Greenland's permafrost, has been sequenced and... Continue Reading →

The Mitochondrial Lineage Of Ötzi Is Not Like Other Europeans

Last month I was excited to share some research about the chemical composition of Ötzi, the 5,000 year old Tyrolean Iceman that has captured my attention for quite sometime. Today, I'm even more excited to share that the complete mitochondrial genome of Ötzi has been sequenced using a combination of PCR amplification and 454 sequencing.... Continue Reading →

The Complete Vindija 33.16 Neandertal Mitochondrial Genome Announced in Cell

Tomorrow's issue of the high impact & widly cited journal Cell hosts this paper, "A Complete Neandertal Mitochondrial Genome Sequence Determined by High-Throughput Sequencing (DOI:10.1016/j.cell.2008.06.021)" First author, Richard Green, says that this genome is essentially without error. The genome comes from the Vindija 33.16 specimen, a 38,000 year old Neandertal from Croatia, of which around... Continue Reading →

The 28,000 Year Old Paglicci 23 Cro-Magnon mtDNA Ain’t Neandertal — It Is More Modern Than Anything Else

The open access journal PLoS One has published a new ancient DNA paper, "A 28,000 Years Old Cro-Magnon mtDNA Sequence Differs from All Potentially Contaminating Modern Sequences." One which establishes, yet again, that the Neandertal mitochondrial hypervariable region I is much different from modern humans. This was done by extracting mtDNA from the Paglicci 23... Continue Reading →

An Arab in Roman Iron-Age Denmark

Ancient mtDNA from 22 individuals from two sites in Southern Denmark have been isolated, sequenced and analyzed. The two sites are Bøgebjerggård and Skovgaarde. On the map to your right, they are marked as B for Bøgebjerggård and S for Skovgaarde. They date to the Danish Roman Iron-Age period, or approximately 2000 to 1600 years... Continue Reading →

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