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Two million-year-old teeth contain the oldest genetic material from a human relative

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Ancient protein sequences identify the sex of Paranthropus robustus fossils and hint at evolutionary relationships.

  1. Ewen Callaway

Hominins — humans and their ancient relatives — emerged in Africa some seven million years ago. Now researchers have gleaned genetic information from an African hominin that lived two million years ago, the oldest such data yet recovered.

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Nature 619, 446 (2023)

doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-023-02242-z


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