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We can now settle debates on when ancient people lived using their DNA


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We can now settle debates on when ancient people lived using their DNA

Humans 23 November 2019 By Michael Marshall We can now work out how old bones are just using DNAEsben Klinker Hansen / Alamy Stock PhotoIt is now possible to determine when an ancient human was alive by examining their DNA. The new technique could reveal the ages of bones that can’t be carbon dated. “This…

We can now settle debates on when ancient people lived using their DNA


Humans



23 November 2019

By Michael Marshall

human skull

We can now work out how old bones are just using DNA

Esben Klinker Hansen / Alamy Stock Photo

It is now possible to determine when an ancient human was alive by examining their DNA.

The new technique could reveal the ages of bones that can’t be carbon dated. “This is a huge problem in the field that is either being ignored or just solved incorrectly,” says Eran Elhaik of Lund University in Sweden.

Carbon dating is used to estimate the age of bones and other remains. It works by measuring how much of a radioactive form of carbon …

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