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New bone identification method will help the study of past human societies

by Dave Sadler
 New technique enables researchers to distinguish between the bones of sheep and goats more accurately, currently a notorious challenge in zooarchaeology Sheep and goats have played a fundamental role in the culture…

Re-constructing the crew of the Mary Rose

by Dave Sadler
For the first time in 500 years, scientists examining human remains from Henry VIII's flagship Mary Rose will be able to determine if any bones come from the same person. Research by Dr Garry Scarlett, a DNA expert at the University of Portsmouth, should enable museum staff to recreate…

Holy chickens: Did Medieval religious rules drive domestic chicken evolution?

by Dave Sadler
Chickens were domesticated from Asian jungle fowl around 6000 years ago. Since domestication they have acquired a number of traits that are valuable to humans, including those concerning appearance, reduced…

Leonardo da Vinci ‘Relics’ Discovered That Can Potentially Provide His DNA

by Dave Sadler
Italian researchers say that they have found two “relics” belonging to Leonardo da Vinci, which may help in sourcing the DNA of the genius whose work typified the Renaissance. The mysterious relics were traced…

Another female Bronze Age icon is now known to have travelled across Europe

by Dave Sadler
Egtved Girl is not alone: Skrydstrup Woman also travelled far and wide, say scientists after analysing Skrydstrup Woman’s hair, teeth, and bones. Continue reading - Another female Bronze Age icon is now known to have…

Decapitations to disease: Bristol skeletons revealing ancient secrets from beyond the grave

by Dave Sadler
Several sets of human remains from London and Bristol will be on show at the M Shed. There’ll be information on what science can tell us about how these people lived and died, and the…

Genetic study reveals Pleistocene epoch ancestry of Pacific Northwest Native Americans

by Dave Sadler
Researchers report the genetic ancestry of indigenous Pacific Northwest populations based on ancient genome sequences. The Pacific Northwest Coast of North America played a potentially…

Late Minoan tombs points way to early European migration

by Dave Sadler
Researchers at the University of Huddersfield have visited Rethymnon in Crete, to collect samples from the late Bronze Age Necropolis of Armenoi, one of the world's finest archaeological sites. DNA analysis of the ancient skeletal remains could provide…

Aboriginal DNA study reveals 50,000-year story of sacred ties to land

by Dave Sadler
A study of ancient Aboriginal hair samples has revealed distinct Aboriginal populations were present in Australia with little geographical movement for up to 50,000 years. The discovery of such a long, continuous presence in…

Collapse of Aztec society linked to catastrophic salmonella outbreak

by Dave Sadler
One of the worst epidemics in human history, a sixteenth-century pestilence that devastated Mexico’s native population, may have been caused by a deadly form of salmonella from Europe, a pair of studies suggest. In one study,…
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