The Molecule Hunt: Archaeology and the Search for Ancient DNAby Martin Jones
A revolution is underway in archaeology. Working at the cutting edge of genetic and molecular technologies, researchers have been probing the building blocks of ancient life-DNA, proteins, fats-to rewrite our understanding of the past. Their discoveries (including a Mitochondrial Eve, the woman from whom all modern humans descend) and analyses have helped revise the human genealogical tree and answer such questions as: How different are we from the Neanderthals? Who first domesticated horses and ancient grasses? What was life like for our ancestors? Here is science at its most engaging.
Author Biography: Martin Jones has been a leader in bio-archaeological research for 25 years. He is the George Pitt-Rivers Professor of Archaeological Science at Cambridge University and was chairman of the five-year International Ancient Bio-molecule Initiative. He lives in Cambridge, England.
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