No one has hours to scour the papers to keep up with the latest news, so we’ve curated the top news stories in the field of Forensic Science for this week. Here’s what you need to know to get out the door!
A new study reports the oldest mitochondrial genome of a Neanderthal from Central-Eastern Europe. The mitochondrial genome of the tooth, discovered at the site of Stajnia Cave in Poland, is closer to a Neanderthal specimen from the Caucasus than to the contemporaneous Neanderthals of Western Europe
did something like us first appear on the planet? It turns out there’s remarkably little agreement on this question. Fossils and DNA suggest people looking like us, anatomically modern Homo sapiens, evolved around 300,000 years ago. Surprisingly, archeology—tools, artifacts, cave art—suggest that complex technology and cultures, “behavioral modernity,” evolved more recently: 50,000-65,000 years ago.
The case was an unsolved sexual assault until there was a DNA hit from CODIS on Jan. 17, 2020. In April, police obtained a search warrant for Salgado-Arroyo’s DNA and detectives interviewed him. A month later, police received a Wisconsin State Crime Lab report stating that Salgado-Arroyo’s DNA is the source from the evidence collected in 2011, the complaint said.
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