Ancient horse genome sequenced: Ancient humans next?

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Researchers mapped the ancient horse genome by comparing it to modern specimens, like the Przewalski horse (skull above).

The following is an excerpt.

Researchers have recovered DNA from a nearly 700,000-year-old horse fossil and assembled a draft of the animal’s genome from it. It is the oldest complete genome to date by a long shot–hundreds of thousands of years older than the previous record holder, which came from an archaic human that lived around 80,000 years ago. The genome elucidates the evolution of modern horses and their relatives, and raises the question of whether scientists might someday be able to obtain similarly ancient genomes of human ancestors.

Read the full story here: Horse Fossil Yields Astonishingly Old Genome—Are Similarly Ancient Human Genomes Next?

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