DNA suggests even ancient man had baldness issues

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

February 10, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) -- Scientists have pieced together most of the DNA of a man who lived in Greenland about 4,000 years ago.

They know a little bit about what he looked like -- and more.

An analysis of the DNA suggests that the man probably had brown eyes, and darker skin than most Europeans.

He also had type A-positive blood -- and an increased chance of going bald.

And, he had several biological adaptations for surviving in a cold climate.

It's the first genome from an ancient human. And it shows the potential for what one expert calls a time machine for learning about the biology of people from thousands of years ago.

The research appears in the journal Nature.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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