The Dead Sea Scrolls come under the genomic microscope

The parchment, made from animal skins, is impossibly fragile. Most were not found intact, but rather in thousands of fragments that had to be sorted and pieced together. “Enter parchment DNA. Sampling of the skins (done with extreme caution) showed that they came from sheep, goats, and cows. The results were highly enlightening. For instance, two fragments that had previously been thought to be adjacent were found to come from two different animal species.” learn more

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