“Their unique cultural features such as Pictish symbols and the scarcity of contemporary literary and archaeological sources resulted in many diverse hypotheses about their origin, lifestyle and culture, part of the so-called ‘Pictish problem’.Dr Linus Girdland Flink of the University of Aberdeen
Ancient Orkney DNA in the News
The findings revealed that, contrary to popular belief, Orkney was much less insular than had long been assumed. Instead, the islands had experienced large-scale immigration during the Early Bronze Age, which, unusually, was found to have involved mainly women.
Exploring The Magic in Mushrooms
“almost nothing is known about the evolution of these compounds in nature and why fungi should contain neurotransmitter-like compounds is unresolved” Dr Jon Ellis
A 690-year genealogical investigation locates 14 living descendants of Leonardo da Vinci
14 living descendants of the genius Leonardo da Vinci have been identified by researchers Alessandro Vezzosi and Agnese Sabato in a decade-long investigation.
Tracing America’s First Migrants
Early migrations of humans to the Americas from Siberia around 12,000 years ago have been traced using the bacteria they carried by an international team including scientists at the University of Warwick.
CSI and detecting the presence of ancient humans
Artistic impression of Neanderthal extended-family life in a cave (credit: Tyler B. Tretsven)
Groundbreaking DNA Research Combatting Cancers
In a groundbreaking first, research led by Queen’s University Belfast has found thousands of ‘Achilles Heels’ or ‘cancer vulnerabilities’ in an analysis of more than 700 different cancer cell types.
Crewman from 1845 Franklin Expedition Positively Identified
DNA extracted from tooth and bone samples recovered in 2013 were confirmed to be the remains of Warrant Officer John Gregory, engineer aboard HMS Erebus.
Vital Research Supporting Conservation of Cook Inlet Beluga Whales
Cook Inlet beluga whales are a geographically and genetically distinct population that does not migrate.
Tracing The First Peoples Of The Caribbean
“We document this remarkable genetic continuity across changes in ceramic style. We talk about ‘pots vs. people,’ and to our knowledge, it’s just pots.”