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 →

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 →

Recovering 1,000 Year Old Viking mtDNA

Today's big anthropological headline is based upon this brand new open access PLoS One paper, "Evidence of Authentic DNA from Danish Viking Age Skeletons Untouched by Humans for 1,000 Years." The paper is written well, has lots of controls, and establishes some protocols on how to recovery ancient DNA. Despite these good things, I think... Continue Reading →

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