Friday, July 10, 2009

Poop Wars!

Whoa! Just what I needed to cheer up an otherwise extremely stressfully and - dare I say it, yes I will - crappy week. Enjoy! Weighing in against the petrified poop being from a human being, we have these dudes: Paul Goldberg,1,2, Francesco Berna,1,3 Richard I. Macphail1,4 1 Department of Archaeology, Boston University, 675 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215, USA. 2 Zentrum für Naturwissenschaftliche Archäologie, Universität Tübingen, Rümelinstraße 23, 72070 Tübingen, Germany. 3 Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra "Ardito Desio," Università degli Studi di Milano, Via Mangiagalli 34, 20133 Milano, Italy. 4 Institute of Archaeology, University College London, Gordon Square, London WC1 0PY, UK. in this article: Science 10 July 2009: Vol. 325. no. 5937, p. 148 DOI: 10.1126/science.1167531 Technical Comments Comment on "DNA from Pre-Clovis Human Coprolites in Oregon, North America" And now things get really sexy, darlings, because there is a response, whooo-whooo! Weighing in for the petrified poop being from pre-Clovis people: M. Thomas P. Gilbert,1 Dennis L. Jenkins,2 Thomas F. G. Higham,3 Morten Rasmussen,1 Helena Malmström,1 Emma M. Svensson,4 Juan J. Sanchez,5 Linda Scott Cummings,6 Robert M. Yohe, II,7 Michael Hofreiter,8 Anders Götherström,4 Eske Willerslev1 1 Centre for Ancient Genetics, University of Copenhagen, Universitetsparken 15, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark. 2 Museum of Natural and Cultural History, 1224 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403–1224, USA. 3 Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art, Dyson Perrins Building, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QY, UK. 4 Department of Evolutionary Biology, Uppsala University, Norbyvagten 18D, 74236 Uppsala, Sweden. 5 National Institute of Toxicology and Forensic Science, Canary Islands Delegation, 38320 Tenerife, Spain. 6 Paleo Research Institute, 2675 Youngfield Street, Golden, CO 80401, USA. 7 Department of Sociology and Anthropology, California State University, 9001 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield, CA 93311, USA. 8 Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Deutscher Platz 6, 04103 Leipzig, Germany. in this article: Science 10 July 2009: Vol. 325. no. 5937, p. 148 DOI: 10.1126/science.1168457 Technical Comments Response to Comment by Poinar et al. on "DNA from Pre-Clovis Human Coprolites in Oregon, North America" What will be the outcome??? Stay tuned.

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