So, according to this CNN story, some European scientists found 400,000 year old DNA in a bear tooth which was found in a cave in Northern Spain.
Apparantly, is not too uncommon to be able to extract DNA from fossils, but older than 100,000 years hasn’t yet been done, until now.
He said the find “pushed back the frontier” concerning the age of DNA that scientists could work with. “It means that it will be possible to subject a large number of extinct animals to DNA analysis,” he said.
And then sequence it and clone us some prehistoric bears riiiiight??? Perhaps we could have Ancient Bear Vs. Modern Bear fights and see who’s REALLY more evolved. (Just kidding, PETA.)