Scientists Find 400,000 Year Old DNA Matthew Borghese - Staff Writer
Stockholm, Sweden (AHN) - A team of researchers have discovered an ancient link with an animal long gone.
The scientists from Uppsala University in Sweden have uncovered a strand of DNA, believed to be 400,000 years old.
An international team, comprised of Swedish, Spanish and German researchers, discovered the DNA in a bear's tooth, in a cave in Atapuerca, Spain.
Team leader Anders Goetherstroem tells AFP, "It is usually hard to find DNA that is older than 100,000 years, and work on fossilized DNA mostly focuses on material that is a few tens of thousands of years old, at most."
Goetherstroem believes the DNA "pushed back the frontier," adding the find "means that it will be possible to subject a large number of extinct animals to DNA analysis."