When ancient fossil DNA isn't available, ancient glycans may help trace human evolution

Ancient DNA recovered from fossils is a valuable tool to study evolution and anthropology. Yet ancient fossil DNA from earlier geological ages has not been found yet in any part of Africa, where it's destroyed by extreme heat and humidity. In a potential first step at overcoming this hurdle, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya have discovered a new kind of glycan—a type of sugar chain—that survives even in a 4 million-year-old animal fossil from Kenya, under conditions where ancient DNA does not.

When ancient fossil DNA isn't available, ancient glycans may help trace human evolution

Ancient DNA recovered from fossils is a valuable tool to study evolution and anthropology. Yet ancient fossil DNA from earlier geological ages has not been found yet in any part of Africa, where ...

Mon 11 Sep 17 from Phys.org

When ancient fossil DNA isn't available, ancient glycans may help trace human evolution, Tue 12 Sep 17 from ScienceDaily

When Ancient Fossil DNA Isn't Available, Ancient Glycans May Help Trace Human Evolution, Mon 11 Sep 17 from Newswise

When Fossil DNA isn’t Available, Ancient Glycans May Help Trace Human Evolution

NewsAncient DNA recovered from fossils is a valuable tool to study evolution and anthropology. Yet ancient fossil DNA from earlier geological ages has not been found yet in any part of Africa, ...

Tue 12 Sep 17 from Laboratory Equipment

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