World’s oldest DNA is recovered from a 400,000-year-old thigh bone

“The world’s oldest human DNA has been recovered from the thigh bone of an ancestor that walked the Earth 400,000 years ago. It belonged to a hominin, or early human, known as Homo heidelbergensis and provides a new vital piece of the jigsaw in the story of evolution. Using a technique for retrieving and sequencing highly degraded ancient DNA, scientists were able to reconstruct the almost complete mitochondrial (mt) genome from just two grams of bone powder.”

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via Daily Mail

 

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