Egg-shell-ent! A 3.8 million-year-old ostrich egg could provide genetic data 50 TIMES older than any DNA record



With temperatures soaring to over 30°C in Tanzania, the extreme environmental conditions were thought to be damaging to proteins in ancient fossils.
But to their surprise, researchers on a dig found preserved fossil proteins in a 3.8 million year-old ostrich eggshell.
This suggests that proteins could provide valuable new insights into the evolutionary tree, much further back in time than was previously thought.
PROTEIN PRESERVATION The researchers speculated that proteins might survive better if they were stuck onto solid surfaces.
Using computer models, they tested this theory, modelling... read more

 
27 September 2016 in Science &Technology, Views: 35
Source: Daily Mail
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