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The Genome of a Human From an Unknown Population Has Been Recovered From Cave Dirt


13 JULY 2021


A cup of mud that has been buried beneath the floor of a cave for millennia has just yielded up the genome of an ancient human.

Analysis reveals traces of a woman who lived 25,000 years ago, during the last ice age; and, although we don’t know much about her, she represents a significant scientific achievement: the feasibility of identifying ancient human populations even when there are no bones to recover.

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