Hard Evidence: First Human Genome From Africa

On a June morning in 2012, Matthew Curtis and his fellow investigators made the kind of discovery archaeologists dream about: the remains of a 4,500-year-old man. Of their discovery in an Ethiopian cave, Curtis, a UCLA Extension instructor, recalls, “It was exciting because we knew this skeleton could tell us a lot about the people who lived in this area at the time he was buried.”

In fact, “Bayira” and his well-preserved bones yielded the first complete ancient human genome from Africa. Curtis, who was co-principal investigator of the Gamo Highlands project with Kathryn Weedman Arthur and John W. Arthur from the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, credits the scientific breakthrough to a collective effort by specialists from around the world. – UCLA Magazine, April 1, 2016

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Image Source: UCLA Magazine; Matthew Curtis