Ancient DNA

Ancient DNA found preserved in modern day humans!

Ancient DNA found preserved in modern day humans!

The researchers compared the DNA sequences of 35 modern people living on islands off the coast of New Guinea with DNA drawn from two early human species: Denisovans, whose remains were found in Siberia, and Neanderthals, first discovered in Germany.

Mar 18, 2016, 17:41 PM IST

Black Death plagued humans since Bronze Age

It turns out the plague was plaguing humans far earlier than previously believed.New research using ancient DNA has revealed that plague has been endemic in human populations for more than twice as long as previously thought and that the ancestral plague would have been predominantly spread by human-to-human contact, until genetic mutations allowed Yersinia pestis (Y. pestis), the bacteria that causes plague, to survive in the gut of fleas.

Oct 23, 2015, 09:19 AM IST

Ancient DNA reveals how wheat came to Britain

Hunter-gatherers in ancient Britain may have imported cereals from Europe long before they turned to farming, new research reveals.

Feb 27, 2015, 21:29 PM IST

New insights into mammalian evolution

Despite having a common ancestor, different mammalian species have acquired their unique characteristics by repurposing functional elements through gene regulation, says a study.

Jan 31, 2015, 17:28 PM IST

Kiwi not related to emu as previously believed

Australia can no longer lay claim to the origins of the iconic New Zealand kiwi following University of Adelaide research, which shows that the kiwi`s closest relative is not the emu as was previously thought.

May 24, 2014, 11:20 AM IST

Natural selection altered Europeans` skin over 5,000 years

Europeans had darker skin, hair, and eye pigmentation some 5,000 years ago, research shows.

Mar 11, 2014, 21:35 PM IST