Thursday, January 29, 2009

Not the Same Old Dry (ha!) Science Discovery

According to Archaeology magazine, Jan/Feb2009, Vol. 62 Issue 1, here is one of the top discoveries of 2008: they found 14,300-year-old coprolites in Paisley Cave, Oregon, as evidence of human colonization of North America before the Clovis people. (Are you with me so far?) It is reported that due to a new technique for isolating genetic samples, researchers were able to extract human DNA from the coprolites. OK, I had to look it up but coprolites are apparently really really old samples of, how shall we put it, poo! Yep, they are getting DNA from stuff the producers of which had no idea would be of any value whatsoever. Makes you proud to be a primate. For more information you can read Franklin Avenue Library's copies of Archaeology.

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