News of the WeekPaleontology

Ancient DNA Pulled From Soil

Science  18 Apr 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5618, pp. 407
DOI: 10.1126/science.300.5618.407a

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Paleontologists working in the Siberian tundra can trudge for kilometers without finding a bone from the mammoths or bison that once roamed the permafrost. Now, two labs report online in Science this week (www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/1084114) that ancient DNA from these creatures and other ancient animal and plant life may be quite common underfoot, preserved in sediments bearing no signs of fossils.