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Neanderthals and humans DID interbreed: 40,000-year-old jawbone found in Romania suggests species mingled in Europe | Daily Mail Online

By Sarah Griffiths for MailOnLine | May 15, 2015 Experts studied a 40,000-year-old fossilied human jawbone from Romania Suggests Neanderthals and humans continued breeding in Europe DNA tests revealed genome with 4.8 to 11.3 per cent Neanderthal DNA Hints human had Neanderthal in their family tree from four generations ago Anthropologists have long puzzled over how much contact Neanderthals had with modern humans and when this may have occurred. Now a 40,000-year-old fossilied human jawbone …

Beetle Found, No Sign of Relatives – NYTimes.com

… diving beetle, Capelatus prykei, is about two-fifths of an inch long — large compared with other diving beetles. Although diving beetles are found worldwide in ponds, lakes, rivers and streams — there are more than 4,000 species — DNA analysis revealed that the new species has no relatives in Africa. To continue reading this article, please click on this link: Source: Beetle Found, No Sign of Relatives – NYTimes.com …

A New Tool for Conservation Genetics: Seal Placentas

… animals are so rare they’re hard to find in the wild, or the only evidence is hair or feces that may not contain a lot of DNA. Other times collecting a blood or tissue sample for DNA analysis can be dangerous, either to the researcher or the animal. After all, nobody likes to be tranquilized and then poked with a sharp needle. So, how can conservationists collect DNA samples that will provide maximum information with the least amount of risk to the animals they’re studying? One word: …

Jurassic Park in real life: The race to modify the DNA of endangered animals and resurrect extinct ones – Science – News – The Independent

By Steve Connor | April 14, 2015 Jurassic Park has a lot to answer for. It made the idea seem so simple. Take the DNA from a microscopic drop of dinosaur blood, preserved for 65 million years in the gut of a mosquito trapped in fossilised amber. Carry out a bit of jiggery-pokery involving chaos theory and Jeff Goldblum. Insert the dino DNA into the yolk of a crocodile’s egg and leave to incubate. Soon you’ll have a thriving menagerie of once-extinct beasts roaming the jungles of someone’s …

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