Oldest human DNA yields more questions than answers
Published 16 December 2013
400,000-year old bones discovered at an archaeological site in northern Spain could revolutionise the way we think about evolution.
The oldest remains of our ancestors ever found, they have been painstakingly excavated and pieced together over the past two decades.
Analysis of their DNA has helped place them on the human family tree – a tree which appears to have many more branches than we previously imagined.
“Before this discovery, we had no data from this period, but with this new methodology and thanks to this exceptional site, we have been able to gain insight into a very, very distant past,” says the co-director of the Atapuerca archaeological site, Juan Luis Arsuaga.