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An entrance to the archaeological site of Vindija Cave, Croatia where Neandertal DNA was found in the cave sediment.
Need DNA? No body? No problem. New research in Science by an international team of researchers lead by Viviane Slon at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany has shown a relatively straightforward way to sequence the DNA from of our hominin relatives without any of their skeletal remains, greatly expanding the horizons of ancient DNA research.
Extracting animal DNA from sources like sediment, dirt, and water is a roundabout way for scientists to detect hard-to-find species in certain environments, but new research has found this method is also applicable for detecting where hominins once lived thousands of years ago. Archaeological sites in Europe and Asia contain stone tools that were made by hominins like Neandertals, but often there is no trace of skeletal remains. Since…