Analyzing the Remains of Prince Branciforte Barresi

Prince Branciforte Barresi was a Sicilian arts patron and benefactor. He was the Prince of Pietraperzia and Marchese of Militello and was born in 1575. He married Juana of Austria in 1603 and, although...

The Genetic Legacy of Genghis Khan

Genghis Khan was a world-renowned 13th century Mongol Emperor. Khan is known to most for his brutality and bloodthirsty conquests, but he is also remembered by Mongols today as the father of the Mongol...

Investigating the Famous Tomb of the Shroud

The Tomb of the Shroud is a first century tomb at the foot of Mount Zion in Akeldama, Jerusalem. This tomb is one of more than 70 tombs in an area known as the...

Finding the Remains of Georgian Queen Ketevan

Queen Ketevan was a queen of Kakheti in eastern Georgia. In 1614, she became a prisoner of Shah Abbas I of Iran in a failed attempt to prevent Kakheti from being attacked by the...

The Mystery of Saint Leopold’s Successor

Saint Leopold III was the Margrave of Austria from 1095 until his death in 1136. He was a member of the House of Babenberg. His first wife died in 1105 and his second wife...

Searching for ‘Genetic Eve’ – Mitochondrial DNA and Ancient Maternal Ancestry

Do you look like your mother or your father? Perhaps, you look like both of them or maybe you don’t look like your parents at all. Regardless of appearances, all children are a genetic...

The Genetic Legacy of the House of Aisin Gioro

The Qing dynasty was the last dynasty in Chinese history, ruling China from 1644 until the Xinhai Revolution in 1911-1912. This dynasty was a multi-cultural empire that gained control of a large area, which...

Discovering the Long-Lost Romanovs

The Romanov family was the last imperial family of Russia. Tsar Nicholas II was the eldest son of Emperor Alexander III and Maria Feodorovna of Denmark. He married Princess Alix of Hess and by...
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Re-convergence: The Ancient DNA Story of People of America

The first people to arrival in the Americas split into two groups, and then mingle again 1000 years later. Until recently research suggested the first people in the Americas split into two branches: Northern and...

Compare Your DNA to an Ancient Saka Prince and Princess

In 1997, an international archaeological expedition discovered an ancient kurgan in east Kazakhstan near the village of Berel in the Bukhtarma valley dating back to the Saka period in the early 3rd century BC. A...

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