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Siberian Soil Yields a Wealth of Ancient DNA

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Siberian Soil Yields a Wealth of Ancient DNA

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Siberian Soil Yields a Wealth of Ancient DNA

Siberian Soil Yields a Wealth of Ancient DNA

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Scientists working with soil from Siberia's permafrost are surprised to find DNA that appears to come from ancient vertebrates — including wooly mammoths — and plants. The findings are reported in the journal Science. NPR's David Kestenbaum reports.