Hunting for DNA in Doggerland, an Ancient Land Beneath the North Sea
Today, researchers are embarking on an ambitious project to fully explore Doggerland—using DNA, seafloor sediment, and survey data from oil and gas companies. This kind of research used to seem impossible. In 1931 a fishing boat trawling the North Sea hauled in a spear point along with its catch. The sharpened piece of antler with barbs carved into one side and it was almost 14,000 years old—a remnant of a place called Doggerland.The team of researchers mapped about 17,000 square miles of the drowned and buried country.In the Doggerland samples, the team will look for DNA from crops or even domestic animals like sheep and goats.
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