In a Stone Age Cemetery, DNA Reveals a Treasured ‘Founding Father’

A grave's skeletal remains.

The reburied remains of the ‘founding father.’ (Image: S. Rottier via Adam 'Ben' Rohrlach)

Who Owned This Stone Age Jewelry? New DNA Forensic Tools Offer an Unprecedented Answer

A Stone Age deer-tooth pendant.

An international team of researchers has recovered DNA from the owner of a deer-tooth pendant that was buried inside a remote Siberian cave for tens of thousands of years. (Image: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)

Human Bones Used for Making Pendants in the Stone Age

Human skulls and bones.

In the Stone Age, pendants with potent symbolism were made from animal teeth and bones, adorning clothes or accessories and serving as rattles. (Image: via Pixabay)