In Georgia have found the oldest DNA in the world

В Грузии нашли древнейшую в мире ДНК

Scientists have found the oldest DNA in the world (illustrative photo)

From the tooth enamel of a rhinoceros, scientists were able to extract important genetic information, which is about 1.77 million years.

Years of biomolecular research of Georgian scientists and their foreign colleagues confirmed that the most ancient in the world of DNA extracted from the remains of an animal discovered in South-East Georgia. On Thursday, September 12, Interfax reported, citing the Georgian national Museum.

It is noted that from the tooth enamel of the found remains of rhinoceros, scientists were able to extract important genetic information, which is about 1.77 million years. The remains were found in the ancient settlement of Dmanisi, located 90 km from Tbilisi in the Kvemo Kartli region.

“This is the most ancient DNA recovered from remains of the animal, which in a million years older than the information known to this is taken about 700 million years ago DNA from horses on the island Ucon, in the North-West of Canada,” the report says.

The results of this study released and published in the UK, the world’s leading scientific journal Nature in the article, the authors of which, together with Georgian scientists, specialists from research centers of Europe and the United States.

According to the researchers, “this is a breakthrough in ancient biomolecular research, that allows to recover the evolutionary picture is much earlier epochs than was possible before today, as well as to explore the history of the ancestors of animals and humans”.

Biomolecular the project was developed and implemented in cooperation with the National Museum of Georgia and Copenhagen (Denmark) Museum, under Professor David Lordkipanidze and Professor Eske Virsliga. Analyses were conducted in the laboratories of the institutes of Copenhagen, Cambridge and max Planck. In the paleontological studies actively attended by Italian scientists from the University of Florence.

Earlier it was revealed the imprint of a human foot near the ancient volcano.

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