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The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology's Marcello Mannino and colleagues from Italy, Spain, and Canada have sequenced mitochondrial DNA from ancient remains found on Italy's Favignana island. The work was done as part of the team's effort to characterize the origins and diets of prehistoric hunter-gatherers that once lived in the Sicily and nearby parts of the Mediterranean Basin.

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