Nature Study: First Ancient DNA from West Africa Illuminates the Deep Human Past

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 15:50 in Paleontology & Archaeology

The research team sequenced DNA from four children buried 8,000 and 3,000 years ago at Shum Laka in Cameroon, a site excavated by a Belgian and Cameroonian team 30 years ago. The findings, "Ancient West African foragers in the context of African population history," published Jan. 22 in Nature, represent the first ancient DNA from West or Central Africa, and some of the oldest DNA recovered from an African tropical context.

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