Vindija Cave, in Croatia, is a now designated as prehistoric site from the Paleolithic period. Sediments, in which scientists have detected DNA, have become a treasure for paleontologists, anthropologists and archaeologists.
Until then, only fossilized bones had constituted such a resource. But thanks to recent technological advances, such as the rapid sequencing of DNA, scientists have uncovered human and animal genetic information in the geological layers. These data date back to the Pleistocene, a prehistoric period ranging from – 500,000 to – 14,000 years.
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The original study of this DNA analysis was published on April 26, 2017 in the American journal Science:
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