Eggshell of extinct giant bird provides ancient DNA

In a world first an international team of researchers have successfully extracted ancient DNA from the eggshells of various species of extinct birds.

The research, published in scientific journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, shows that fossil eggshell is a previously unrecognised source of ancient DNA and can provide exceptional long-term preservation of DNA in warmer climates. The findings will boost research in archaeology and biology where species identifications can add significantly to our understanding of biodiversity, evolutionary processes, past environmental change and dispersal of animal and human populations.

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