The detection of high molecular organic compounds in ancient remains has turned out to open a new research area with many implications, the most important being the extraction of ancient DNA (aDNA) (to be characterized below) from fossils, subfossil remains, artifacts, traces from biological sources, and museum specimens. Since this technique provides access to the basic molecules of organismic evolution, it opens up the possibility of studying evolution at the molecular level over a principally unlimited time scale.
KeywordsOriginal Mutation Egyptian Mummy Plant Soft Tissue Ancient Remains Nucleic Material
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