World’s largest ever DNA sequencing of Viking skeletons reveals they weren’t all Scandinavian

Invaders, pirates, warriors – the history books taught us that Vikings were brutal predators who travelled by sea from Scandinavia to pillage and raid their

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Sept. 16, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: ancient-dna dna viking

Ancient DNA is revealing the genetic landscape of people who first settled East Asia

By studying the DNA of people who lived in East Asia thousands of years ago, scientists are starting to untangle how the region was populated.

Melinda A. Yang, Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Richmond • conversation
Sept. 15, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: ancient-dna hunter-gatherers china agriculture archaeology genes genomics southeast-asia rice adna siberia paleoanthropology human-migration east-asia hunter-gatherer start-of-agriculture paleogenomics

Humans domesticated horses – new tech could help archaeologists figure out where and when

Archaeologists have long argued over when and how people first domesticated horses. A decade ago, new techniques appeared to have provided answers – but further discoveries change the story again.

William Taylor, Assistant Professor and Curator of Archaeology, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
March 2, 2020 ~10 min

Tags:  ancient-dna  archaeology  teeth  domestication  mongolia  horses  kazakhstan  adna  zooarchaeology

‘Game-changing’ research could solve evolution mysteries

An evolution revolution has begun after scientists extracted genetic information from a 1.7 million-year-old rhino tooth – the largest and oldest genetic data to ever be recorded.  

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Sept. 11, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: ancient-dna evolution genetics

DNA from 31,000-year-old milk teeth leads to discovery of new group of ancient Siberians

Two children’s milk teeth buried deep in a remote archaeological site in north eastern Siberia have revealed a previously unknown group of people lived there during the last Ice Age.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
June 5, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: ancient-dna dna human-evolution archaeology

Harvard doctoral students describe projects at the cutting edge of evolutionary inquiry

Harvard doctoral students offered a glimpse of the future of evolutionary inquiry, outlining projects that touch on the human pelvis, butterfly hybrids, field and forest mice, and the mystery of an ancient pile of bones.

Alvin Powell • harvard
April 22, 2019 ~9 min

Tags:  science-technology  ancient-dna  evolution  butterfly  mouse  harvard-museum-of-natural-history  alvin-powell  nate-edelman  andrew-berry  eadaoin-harney  emily-hager  mariel-young  pelvis  speciation

Ancient DNA analysis unlocks secrets of Ice Age tribes in the Americas

Scientists have sequenced 15 ancient genomes spanning from Alaska to Patagonia and were able to track the movements of the first humans as they spread across the Americas at “astonishing” speed during the last Ice Age, and also how they interacted with each other in the following millennia.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Nov. 9, 2018 ~8 min

Tags: ancient-dna dna evolution human

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