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Simosthenurus BW
2015-01-18 11:38:29

Scientists have finally managed to extract DNA from some of these giant kangaroos - the mysterious marsupial megafauna that roamed Australia over 40,000 years ago.

lactose intolerance
2014-10-23 09:36:03

Using a groundbreaking technique involving the fields of both archaeology and genomics, a large team of international researchers has found that Europeans were largely lactose intolerant until about 3,000 years ago – much later than previously thought.

birthplace of Neolithic agricultural practices
2014-06-09 04:52:57

By sequencing the mitochondrial DNA of the first Near Eastern farmers for the first time, researchers have discovered evidence supporting an Early Neolithic pioneer maritime colonization of mainland Europe that involved expansion through Cyprus and the Aegean Islands.

Polynesian Chickens May Have Flown The Coop, But They Didn't Make It To South America: Study
2014-03-19 11:07:14

It is commonly agreed in the scientific community that Polynesians expanded their culture throughout the South Pacific some 3,000 years ago and later arrived in places like Tahiti and Hawaii. But did the Polynesians make it all the way to South America?

New Method Allows Researchers To Sort Out DNA Contamination
2014-01-28 06:53:19

Researchers have developed a new method to pick out ancient DNA from fossils and remains even after becoming contaminated from the DNA of handlers or from the environment.

Scientists Unlock Evolution Of Cholera And Identify The Strain Responsible For Early Pandemics
2014-01-09 12:57:03

Working with a nearly 200-year-old sample of preserved intestine, researchers at McMaster University and the University of Sydney have traced the bacterium behind a global cholera pandemic that killed millions – a version of the same bug that continues to strike vulnerable populations in the world's poorest regions.

2013-12-13 23:19:31

Lintech Components has completed the qualification process to become a certified Signature DNA Marker. Ronkonkoma, NY (PRWEB) December 13, 2013 Lintech

Ancient Headless Remains Offer Clues To Dietary Structure Of Vikings
2013-12-06 09:43:14

It has long been known that ancient Vikings buried dead slaves with their masters, but new isotopic research of ancient skeletal remains is providing at least one researcher with more evidence of how these people lived their lives – more notably what their diets were like.

Next Generation Sequencing Reveals Absence Of DNA In Sub-fossilized Insects
2013-09-12 10:48:12

Research just published in the journal PLOS ONE by a team of researchers from the Faculty of Life Sciences at The University of Manchester can now confirm that the existence of DNA in amber fossils is highly unlikely


Word of the Day
quilisma
  • In medieval musical notation, a sign or neume denoting a shake or trill.
The word 'quilisma' comes from a Greek word meaning 'a roll'.