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10,000-Year-Old Chewing Gum Found To Contain Ancient Scandinavians DNA

You can’t get away with sticking gum to the underside of your school desk anymore, as researchers from Stockholm University have developed a technique to analyze the DNA in dried-out chewing gum to determine who chewed it, IFL Science reports. However, rather than using their method to identify low-level vandals, the team has managed to recreate a picture of life as a hunter-gatherer in Neolithic Scandinavia. The ancient masticates were retrieved from a Stone Age hunting and fishing site called Huseby Klev, which sits on the west coast of Sweden and was first excavated in the 1990s. Unfortunately, most of the human bones had long since degraded by the time the site was unearthed, meaning...

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