Ancient Chewing Gum Gives Info On Stone-Age Girl
By Jude Chukwuemeka
A study published in the peer-reviewed British journal Nature Communications has revealed an artist's conception of what a young girl looked like 5,700 years ago in present-day Denmark.
According to USAToday report, the entire genome of the child was determined, along with her DNA.
She had black hair, blue eyes and dark skin. The report says that some 5,700 years ago in present-day Denmark, a young girl chewed a wad of "chewing gum," then spat it out.
While her remains have not been found, the chewing gum which was just a bit of birch bark was recently discovered and analyzed.
Amazingly, the entire genome of the child was determined, along with her DNA.
The study lead author Hannes Schroeder adds: “The DNA in the gum was so well preserved that researchers were able to get a glimpse of the girl who had chewed it and a snapshot of her life, according to Science magazine. The child had black hair, blue eyes and dark skin. Her most recent meal included duck and hazelnuts.
“It is amazing to have gotten a complete ancient human genome from anything other than bone.”