Thursday, April 03, 2008

It's About Time Somebody Cleaned That Up

Archaeologists have found 14,300-year-old fossilized feces in a cave in Oregon.

DNA analysis of the dried excrement shows the people who lived in the caves were closely related to modern Native Americans. Their genetic roots reach across the Bering Strait to Siberia and eastern Asia.

"These are probably the ancestors of some of the Native Americans living in America now," said Eske Willerslev, director of the Centre for Ancient Genetics at the University of Copenhagen. [Link]
I'm not sure that I would want to know if my DNA matched dried excrement.


A more detailed report is at Researchers, led by UO archaeologist, find pre-Clovis human DNA.

..The DNA testing indicated that the feces belonged to Native Americans in haplogroups A2 and B2, haplogroups common in Siberia and east Asia..

..the ancient DNA were radiocarbon dated using accelerator mass spectrometry and calendar calibrated to between 13,000 and 14,300 years ago..

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