Genome and microbiome information extracted from Chewed Birch Pitch - article

This article was interesting in showing the reach of the current ability to identify species from a different kind of snapshot, chewed birch pitch.
# A 5700 year-old human genome and oral microbiome from chewed birch pitch
It is making me reflect on the wealth of information that can (or potentially can) be gleaned from various biological by-products and discards (for example scat, middens, abandoned lairs and nests) . For the most part, as naturalists many of us concentrate on the living. Equally fascinating, to me is what happened in the past and what is our microtome to look at this.


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