Million-year-old Siberian mammoth DNA breaks record for oldest sequenced


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Scientists have made one mammoth discovery – literally.

The oldest DNA ever sequenced – more than 1 million years – has been extracted from three mammoth teeth that had been excavated from Siberian permafrost in the 1970s and have revealed a previously unknown kind of mammoth, according to findings first published by Nature.

The mammoth DNA shatters the previous record from a horse that lived between 560,000 and 780,000 years ago.