Category Archives: DNA

Horrible History: Spinosaurus, the first known aquatic dinosaur

Meet Spinosaurus, the first-known water dinosaura

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Horrible History: Earliest Case of Down Syndrome Found in Medieval Cemetery

The earliest probable case of Down syndrome in the archaeological record comes from a 5- to 7-year-old child who lived in medieval France some 1,500 years ago, new research shows. The child, who is also the youngest example of the … Continue reading

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Horrible History: Medieval Italian Skeleton Reveals Livestock Disease

A sip of unpasteurized sheep or goat’s milk may have spelled doom for a medieval Italian man. A new genetic analysis of bony nodules found in a 700-year-old skeleton from Italy reveal that the man had brucellosis, a bacterial infection … Continue reading

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Horrible History: Neanderthal Cannibals

The bones of twelve neanderthals found in a cave in Spain were cut and snapped, indicating that they were likely ‘processed’ by fellow neanderthals as food. The possible family group, which included three adult males, three adult females, three adolescents, … Continue reading

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Horrible History: Ardipithecus Ramidus

4.4 million years ago, one of our hominid ancestors roamed the plains of the Africa. Fondly famous for Lucy, Ardipithecus Ramidus was small in stature and stood upright.  To learn more about Ardi, watch  the videos.

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Researchers from the Universitat de Barcelona unlock mitochondrial DNA of early farmers The mitochondrial DNA of the first Near Eastern farmers has been sequenced for the first time. In the research, published in the journal PLOS Genetics, experts analysed samples from … Continue reading

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