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New study reignites debate over Viking settlements in England

by Dave Sadler
A large DNA study in 2015 concluded there is “no clear genetic evidence” of the Danish Viking occupation of England. But thousands of Vikings moved to England, say archaeologists. Continue reading - New study reignites debate over Viking…

Ancient women found in Russian cave were close relatives of today’s indigenous population

by Dave Sadler
The ancient DNA of two 7700-year-old women from a mountainous cave in far east Russia suggests they were closely related to the people who live in this remote and frigid corner of Asia today.…

Ancient Human Skulls Found In Brazil Gives New Insights On Migration Patterns In Americas

by Dave Sadler
The question on how people came to settle in the Americas has been a long going debate. However, finally it seems that archaeologists will get their answer to this imminent question through…

DNA evidence from 5,310-year-old corn cob fills gaps in history

by Dave Sadler
Researchers who have sequenced the genome of a 5,310-year-old corn cob have discovered that the maize grown in central Mexico all those years ago was genetically more similar to modern maize than to its wild ancestor. For example, the ancient…

Long ago humans and Neanderthals Interbred: What happened to Neanderthal genes?

by Dave Sadler
The Neanderthals disappeared about 30,000 years ago, but little pieces of them live on in the form of DNA sequences scattered through the modern human genome. A new study by geneticists at the University of California,…

Australian Indigenous DNA Sheds Light On Journey Out of Africa

by Dave Sadler
The first large-scale study of the genetics of Aboriginal Australians has hinted at the origins of other non-African peoples, as well as the way the population of Australia evolved over 50,000 years. Professor Eske Willerslev of Cambridge…

Forensic analysis of pigtails to help identify original ‘mutineers of H.M.S. Bounty’

by Dave Sadler
Ten pigtails of hair thought to be from seven mutineers of "Mutiny on the Bounty" fame and three of their female Polynesian companions will be analysed in a new collaboration between…
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