2,900-Year-Old Brick Reveals DNA Time Capsule


  • In a groundbreaking discovery, scientists have successfully extracted DNA fragments from a 2,900-year-old clay brick, shedding light on the ancient environment.
  • The brick, hailing from what is now northern Iraq, was made by mixing mud with materials like straw and animal dung.
  • The research, conducted by the University of Oxford, the National Museum of Denmark, and the University of Copenhagen, revealed 34 distinct plant species within the brick, offering a unique glimpse into the past flora.
  • This innovation could unlock further insights into ancient civilizations by examining similar bricks worldwide, highlighting the significance of interdisciplinary collaboration in scientific research.

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