Martin Richards

Oct. 31, 2008

The Secret of The Mummy's DNA

We'll get a Halloween-day look at new DNA analysis of Oetzi, a mummified man from 5300 years ago who was discovered in a melting glacier in the Italian Alps.

mummy, dna, mitochondrial dna, evolution

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\tThe La Brea Tar Pits are  world-renowned fossil sites for good reason—they're the mass graves of thousands of Ice Age creatures, each with a story to tell. Researchers at the nearby Page Museum clean the asphalt from the fossil remains, and using paleoforensics, recount the grim details of their deaths. In the process, clues emerge about what life was like in prehistoric Los Angeles.

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