Tag: Siberia

Photographer Joins Illegal Mammoth Tusk Hunt In Siberia, Captures How They Get Rich, Get Drunk And Nearly Die

Photographer Joins Illegal Mammoth Tusk Hunt In Siberia, Captures How They Get Rich, Get Drunk And Nearly Die

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In Russia’s isolated and remote region of Siberia, an underground economic boom is taking shape. Radio Free Europe photographer Amos Chapple, back in 2016, went inside the dark world of the Russian men illegally mining for tusks and remains of the long-extinct woolly mammoth, in hopes of cashing in on black market trade. The images he captured show a compelling cycle of toil, desperation, and environmental consequence. Woolly mammoths, lost arctic relatives of the modern elephant, are thought to have lived in Siberia about 400,000 years ago. The area now experiences year-round permafrost, a thick layer of ice beneath the ground, which has helped to preserve submerged mammoth skeletons for millennia. In order to reach the buried treasures of this hostile land, the men seeking it have...
Oldest European Genome Sequenced

Oldest European Genome Sequenced

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Researchers have analyzed DNA from the shin bone of a European male known as Kostenki 14. One of the oldest anatomically modern human fossils on record, he was alive and kicking sometime between 36,200 and 38,700 years ago in western Russia. The findings, published in Science this week, suggest that the European genomic structure also dates back at least 36,000 years. Today’s Europeans carry a mix of genes from three separate, ancient sources spanning across Asia, the Middle East, and the European landmass. Without knowing how much the earliest Eurasians contributed to the modern gene pool, the origin of Europeans remains up for debate.  So, a large international team led by Andaine Seguin-Orlando from the University of Copenhagen sequenced the ancient genome of Kos