Archaeological Research


Skills gained as a forensic hair examiner are directly transferrable to the examination of ancient hairs.

Forensic Science and WildLife Matters frequently engages in collaborative approaches to the examination of ancient hairs.

We adhere to ancient DNA laboratory protocols during sampling and microscopical examinations of hairs, thereby maintaining the integrity of the hair sample for future DNA analyses.

This approach is demonstrably effective and successful; two of our collaborative studies resulted in publications in Science’s top two journals, Science and Nature:

Science coverRasmussen et al., ‘An Aboriginal Australian genome reveals separate human dispersals into Asia,’ Science, 334, 94 (2011).
Article highlighted on front cover.
(Reprinted with permission from AAAS)


Rasmussen et al., ‘Ancient human genome sequence of an extinct Palaeo-Eskimo,’ Nature, Vol. 463, Issue 7282 (2010).

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