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abstract

  • DNA that has been recovered from archaeological and palaeontological remains makes it possible to go back in time and study the genetic relationships of extinct organisms to their contemporary relatives. This provides a new perspective on the evolution of organisms and DNA sequences. However, the field is fraught with technical pitfalls and needs stringent criteria to ensure the reliability of results, particularly when human remains are studied.

authors

  • Hofreiter, Michael
  • Serre, David
  • Poinar, Hendrik
  • Kuch, Melanie
  • Pääbo, Svante

publication date

  • May 2001