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Before horses, ass hybrids were bred for warfare

A new study by the Grange/Geigl team published in Science Advances on 14 January 2022!   Before the introduction of the domestic horse in Mesopotamia, valuable equids were being harnessed to ceremonial or military four wheeled wagons and used as royal gifts, but their true nature remained unknown. According to a palaeogenetic study, these prestigious animals were

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Fête de la Science: Conference by Eva-Maria Geigl on 4 October 2021

As part of the 30th edition of the Fête de la Science 2021, Eva-Maria-Geigl, co-leader of the “Epigenome and Paleogenome” team at the Institut Jacques Monod, gave a lecture for the general public on the theme “The genetics of European settlement since the Ice Age”.   The study of DNA preserved in the fossils of

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