Saturday, February 13, 2010
Could Be Joe Biden's Long Lost Uncle!
From the AP
An international team of scientists has rebuilt the genome of an ancient human for the first time. The man, dubbed Inuk, was a Palaeo-Eskimo who lived about 4,000 years ago on the western coast of Greenland.
Analysis of his genome, reported in the current issue of Nature, has given researchers new insights into the extinct Saqqaq culture – the first known to inhabit Greenland – but the work also revealed a variety of Inuk's physical traits. He had brown eyes, brown skin, shovel-shaped front teeth and a problem with dry earwax. He might have been going bald, too, but not completely. In fact, Inuk managed to leave behind a very valuable clump of hair.