Proteins, which stick around in fossils for much longer than DNA does, could allow scientists to explore whole new eras of prehistory.
Proteins dating back more than one million years have been extracted from some fossils, and could help to answer some difficult questions about archaic humans.
“I am utterly convinced that we have Homo floresiensis protein around, and it will be sequenceable, and it will tell us where that fits in the family tree.” On the potential for ancient proteins' to fill get fossils to speak (when ancient DNA can't):
Beyond the reach of ancient DNA, paleoproteomics delves into our origins by analysing archaic fossil proteins. Fascinating piece by , featuring , , , , & others.
Lovely piece by on the current state and prospects of #Palaeoproteomics in human evolution, archaeology, and beyond! #MSCA_HOPE
Move over, #DNA: ancient proteins are starting to reveal humanity’s history
What to expect from ancient proteins analysis? Prospects and challenges of #Palaeoproteomics in #paleoanthropology :
Palaeoproteomics. Move over, DNA: ancient proteins are starting to reveal humanity’s history
Using proteins rather than DNA to identity ancient hominins
"Ancient DNA has also left geographical blind spots. DNA degrades faster in warm environments ... Now researchers are hoping that protein analysis might begin to fill in some of those blanks."