12,000-Year-Old Human Hair DNA Has No Match With Modern Humans

Woodburn, Oregon Ice Age archaeological site where 10,000 to 12,000-year-old unidentified human hair was found in 1999.
Woodburn, Oregon Ice Age archaeological site where 10,000 to 12,000-year-old unidentified human hair was found in 1999.

October 28, 2001 Woodburn, Oregon - Human hair dating back to the last Ice Age ten to twelve thousand years ago was discovered in 1999 at an archaeological dig in Woodburn, Oregon between Salem and Portland. The Ice Age site is filled with the bones of elephants, sloths, condors and a bird with a 14-foot wingspan. The unidentified human hairs were found perfectly preserved a few feet underground and had enough follicles for DNA analysis. This week I talked with geology professor emeritus, William Orr, at the University of Oregon, about DNA efforts to match the Ice Age hair to any living hominoid species on earth today.

 

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