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New Research Could Solve Evolution Mysteries

Scientists from the University of Copenhagen and St. John’s College, University of Cambridge, have identified a near complete set of proteins extracted from the dental enamel of a 1.77 million-year-old rhino found in Dmanisi, Georgia.

Scientists from the University of Copenhagen and St. John’s College, University of Cambridge, have identified a near complete set of proteins extracted from the dental enamel of a 1.77 million-year-old rhino found in Dmanisi, Georgia.

The team analyzed dental enamel using mass spectrometry to sequence the protein and retrieve genetic information from the tooth of an extinct rhino that lived in Eurasia during the Pleistocene epoch. According to researchers, the findings help scientists accurately reconstruct evolution way beyond the usual time limit of DNA preservation. The findings have been published in Nature.

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