Isolation of Gelatin from Ancient Bones

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Science  10 Apr 1959:
Vol. 129, Issue 3354, pp. 969
DOI: 10.1126/science.129.3354.969


The isolation and characterization of gelatin from 12,000-year-old deer antlers is described. Use of gelatin from ancient bones for carbon-14 dating may improve the accuracy of the dating procedure because gelatin is not likely to be contaminated by extraneous carbon.