Molecular mitochondrial DNA and radiographic approaches for human archaeology identification

Rus Dina Rus Din, and Shahrul Hisham Zainal Ariffin, and Sahidan Senafi, and Rohaya Megat Abdul Wahab, and Intan Zarina Zainol Abidin, (2014) Molecular mitochondrial DNA and radiographic approaches for human archaeology identification. Sains Malaysiana, 43 (10). pp. 1523-1535. ISSN 0126-6039


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Ancient remains are considered very valuable artefacts, as they allow for the study of ancient cultures, phylogeny, evolution and the reconstruction of demographic history. To obtain all the information contained within remains, the investigation of such samples requires the expertise and various techniques from multiple fields of study. The present review focuses on the molecular biology and radiographic approaches used to identify ancient samples. Studies of ancient remains face various limitations; for example, the quality and quantity of the ancient samples can affect the difficulty of the investigations. Due to these limitations, new sophisticated techniques are being introduced to replace the earlier conventional techniques. A search was conducted using PubMed, Scopus, Science Direct and Science Finder to provide a new and timely review on the molecular mitochondrial DNA and radiographic analysis for human archaeology identification. The present review has determined that molecular biological approaches are very accurate and useful for the use in the ancestral determination of incomplete specimens, whereas observations of the dental pulp chamber are suitable for age at death estimations in both adults and children. However, these techniques are expensive and require expert personnel. Therefore, conventional approaches remain the favourite methods of most institutions, especially in Asia.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Ancestral and age; human archaeology; molecular analysis; radiographic approach
Journal:Sains Malaysiana
ID Code:7815
Deposited By: ms aida -
Deposited On:04 Nov 2014 17:24
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