ancient dna research

  • Decoding the disappearance of bears and lions using ancient DNA

    Australian researchers gain new insight into ancient extinctions.

    Tens of thousands of years ago in the Pleistocene, North America was roamed by fearsome beasts, including ancient cav...

    Animals January 12, 2022
  • The complex ethics of human history

    Researchers collecting and analysing ancient human DNA must navigate a minefield of ethical consi...

    Readers are advised that this article contains images of ancient human remains. At the end of this century’s firs...

    Ethics December 3, 2021
  • Toasting a big week for ancient gastronomy

    Gourmet goodies found in centuries-old Austrian and Byzantine sites.

    Blue cheese, beer and wine - it’s the hipster’s smorgasbord, but it turns out humans have been chowing down on these ...

    Archaeology October 14, 2021
  • Can we really extract ancient DNA from dinosaurs?

    Delve into the science behind ancient DNA – what exactly is it, and how easy is it to extract fro...

    From million-year-old dinosaur remains to ‘resurrecting’ mammoths, stories in the news about ancient DNA make it seem...

    Palaeontology October 7, 2021
  • Celebrating a decade of ancient human DNA

    Genomic sequencing has changed how we understand ancient cultures.

    Just over a decade ago, a ball of 4000-year-old human hair tangled up in a whalebone comb ignited the first ever reco...

    Biology June 16, 2021
  • Tightening the dragnet on Denisovans

    AI tech tries to sniff out hidden signatures of ancient humans in modern DNA.

    Researchers have identified some prime suspects in the biggest ‘who done it’ mystery in human evolution: who were the...

    History March 23, 2021
  • Early humans were promiscuous

    Early homo sapiens hooked up with five other hominid species.

    Turns out that our ancient ancestors weren't exactly shy when it came to trying new things. A new analysis has reveal...

    ASC Edits July 25, 2019