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BBC News: DNA from extinct humans extracted from cave sediment

BBC News:  DNA from extinct humans extracted from cave sediment

Forensic geneticists will now be able to screen the sediment of floors in caves for human and animal DNA strands, thanks to techniques developed by scientists in Spain.  This discovery may have very important implications for determining exactly how long humans or humanoids have lived in he Americas.

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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.

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    The archeologists will be able to do more field research, disturbing less of the actual site, with high degree of accuracy. Definitely a game changer. I can’t wait to see and hear some the results from their research in North America. The history books are about to be rewritten.


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