Swedish team finds 400,000 year old bear DNA
AFP · 14 Jul 2006, 16:05
Published: 14 Jul 2006 16:05 GMT+02:00
The team, made up of Swedish, Spanish and German researchers, discovered the remains of the bear in a cave in Atapuerca, northern Spain.
"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," team leader Anders Götherström said in a statement.
He said the find "pushed back the frontier" concerning the age of DNA that scientists could work with.
"It means that it will be possible to subject a large number of extinct animals to DNA analysis," he said.