Another interesting report on the research being conducted by Ray Tobler and Alan Cooper at the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA
- Human remains at Lake Mungo are the oldest in Australia
- 2001 research suggested Mungo Man had unusual DNA
- This challenged dominant view of human evolution
- Latest research shows DNA was contaminated
You can read about the findings at ABC Science
Here is another great success story about the use of mitochondrial DNA for learning about our ancestors.
A partially frozen 500-year-old mummy of an Incan child was found by mountaineers in 1985 in the mountains of Argentina. Part of the mummified lungs was removed and used for analysis of the mitochondrial DNA, which has allowed genetic scientists to map the entire genome of this child. This mapping has led to the discovery of an entirely new genetic lineage that has not been found in contemporary Native Americans.