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Genes reveal Palaeolithic genders

| | August 19, 2013

When human remains are quite old and incomplete, scientists have found it difficult to determine whether they came from a man or a woman. Time has often taken its toll on soft tissues such as genitals or indicators such as facial features, pelvic girth, overall size and the like.

By using an approach called shotgun sequencing, Scientists were able to examine the DNA of 16 individuals and find that the genetic sequences of men and women are distinctly different. The remains dated from as recently as a century ago to as old as 70,000 years ago.

They found out that two Stone Age Scandinavians thought to be women were actually men.

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