Oldest DNA Reveals Life In Greenland 2 Million Years Ago

NEW YORK (AP) – Scientists have discovered the oldest known DNA and used it to reveal what life was like 2 million years ago in the northern tip of Greenland.

Today, it’s a barren Arctic desert.

But back then it was a lush landscape of trees and vegetation with an array of animals, even the now extinct mastodon.

The study published Wednesday looks at environmental DNA – bits of genetic material that organisms leave in their surroundings.

By studying these tiny pieces, scientists found an unusual mix of species, with reindeer and geese perhaps living alongside mastodons.

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