DNA and Ancient Manuscripts

Scientists working to extract DNA from ancient parchments to trace their origins.

I imagine that the results of this will have overlap for those researching the history of animal breeding in ancient times.

I wonder if the scribe might have left some DNA behind. That would be beyond cool.

I was going to ask how they were sure that the skins were local, but the article also says:

“On a larger scale, Stinson says, this research “will also allow us to trace the trade route of parchments” throughout the medieval world – a scholarly achievement that would provide a wealth of data on the evolution of the book industry during the Middle Ages.”

This sounds cool.

And with analysis of the DNA left on the parchment, scientists discovered the world’s first porno mag.

Then, we make a clone of the scribe and ask him what medieval times were like! :smiley: