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Late Stone Age burial from Grotte des Pigeons, Morocco | Abdeljalil Bouzouggar
Archaeology

DNA Reveals Stone Age North Africans Had Near Eastern and Sub-Saharan Ancestors

The oldest nuclear DNA ever recovered in Africa shows that people who lived in what is now Morocco 15,000 years ago were related to populations from both within and outside of the continent.

Researcher Marieke van de Loosdrecht retrieves ancient DNA in what is known as "the clean room" at the Max Planck Institute. | Vanessa Villalba
Archaeological excavations at Grotte des Pigeons at Taforalt, Morocco | Abdeljalil Bouzouggar