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Nucleic acids and modern sequencing analyses are the pivot for research in microbiology, as they provide insights into microbial gene pools and essential cellular processes. Particularly, the ability to isolate and sequence ancient DNA (aDNA) is of increasing importance, as it demonstrates gene evolution and also allows us to peek into the possible mechanisms for DNA preservation. aDNA studies have raised both fascination and skepticism, yet information yielded by such studies has served as the basis to understand the origins and evolution of animal and human groups ( ), culture ( ), diet ( ), and ancient diseases ( ).

Citation: Rivera-Perez J, Santiago-Rodriguez T, Toranzos G. 2018. Paleomicrobiology: a Snapshot of Ancient Microbes and Approaches to Forensic Microbiology, p 63-90. In Cano R, Toranzos G (ed), Environmental Microbial Forensics. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/microbiolspec.EMF-0006-2015
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Sources of ancient DNA. Bee entrapped in amber; plant material entrapped in amber; bone; teeth; tissue; coprolites.

Citation: Rivera-Perez J, Santiago-Rodriguez T, Toranzos G. 2018. Paleomicrobiology: a Snapshot of Ancient Microbes and Approaches to Forensic Microbiology, p 63-90. In Cano R, Toranzos G (ed), Environmental Microbial Forensics. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/microbiolspec.EMF-0006-2015
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