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Ancient DNA

New study reignites debate over Viking settlements in England

A large DNA study in 2015 concluded there is “no clear genetic evidence” of the Danish Viking occupation of England. But thousands of Vikings moved to England, say archaeologists.

The ‘Godfather’ of bioarchaeology is moving to Denmark

Professor Matthew Collins is one of the world’s leading experts in ancient proteins and what they can tell us about the Earth’s past.

Proteins allow archaeologists to look further back in time

Scientists have analysed 3.8-million-year-old proteins using a new method to see much further back in time than is currently possible with DNA.

DNA confirms Australian Aboriginals are the oldest civilisation still around on Earth

The first large genetic study of Australian Aboriginals gives new insights into one of the planets oldest living civilisations.

Viking sailors took their cats with them

The largest genetic study of cats reveals how our furry friends spread out across Europe, Asia, and Africa, and even hitched a ride aboard Viking ships.

Fossil DNA reveals new theory on colonisation of America

New theory: The first Americans could not have migrated via the ice-free corridor as most scientists believe.

Wild horses lost their camouflage because of humans

Scientists find the genetic mechanism that determines the colour patterns of wild horses.

Mysterious link between people from South America and Australia

Two DNA studies show that South Americans have an unexpected link to indigenous people of Australia and Melanesia, but disagree on how and when the Americas were populated

When did Tibetans have sex with prehistoric humans?

Sex with ancient humans enabled the Tibetans to adapt to a life at 4,000 metres above sea level and sheds light on our own evolutionary history.

Kennewick Man’s genome suggests Native American ancestry

New genetic evidence turns existing theories on their head and settles a fierce debate over the remains of a prehistoric man once and for all.