Ancient DNA

The Neanderthal Cookbook

March 15, 2017
It’s not quite waffles and paella, but it appears that Neanderthals were omnivores who adapted to eating whatever was available to them in the regions where they lived. DNA samples...
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Tracing Back to Africa

December 13, 2016
DNA extracted from bones at a burial site in a rocky valley on a remote island in the South Atlantic could hold important information for those with ancestral roots in...
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A Conversation with Population Geneticist David Poznik

March 31, 2016
This interview is part of an occasional series of profiles introducing you to some of 23andMe’s scientists. Population geneticist David Poznik came to 23andMe after working in Carlos Bustamante’s lab...
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23andMoo

June 28, 2015
Consider the cow, and this humble herbivore’s contribution to the human story. We’re not just talking burgers and ice cream, archeological evidence suggests that cows were likely first domesticated from...
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Neanderthals And Modern Humans

May 14, 2014
BioCentury This Week has done a nice series of interviews with Svante Pääbo, the director of evolutionary genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, who...
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Analysis of Ancient DNA Suggests A Previously Unknown Type of Extinct Human Ancestor

March 24, 2010
Denisova cave from the outside. / Bence Viola. DNA isolated from a tiny bone fragment from the finger of a being that walked the earth between 30,000 and 50,000 years...
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Researchers Use SNP Analysis to Paint Picture of an Ancient Human

February 10, 2010
Artist’s impression of Inuk based on genetic analysis Nuka Godfredsen/Nature Editor’s note: This post has been edited from the original to reflect changes in 23andMe’s product. Tufts of hair rescued...
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Europe’s First Farmers Came from Afar: New Clues Shed Light on Genetic Ancestry of Modern Europeans

September 09, 2009
About 10,000 years ago, the prehistoric hunter-gatherers of Europe began meeting some new neighbors. These farmers spread gradually at first, expanding from the Near East through Anatolia and the Balkans....
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Ancient DNA Analysis Reveals Family Ties in Ruins of Pompeii

July 01, 2009
On August 20, 79 AD, a series of small tremors and earthquakes began to shake the two ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.   Lying in the shadow of...
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Where Today Meets Yesterday: A New Approach to Studying the Genetic History of Southeast Asia

December 10, 2008
Archaeologists rarely agree on anything.   So it’s no surprise that for years two groups of scholars have drawn completely opposite conclusions about the relationship between the ancient people of...
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