Measles virus and rinderpest virus divergence dated to the sixth century BCE

@article{Dx2020MeaslesVA,
  title={Measles virus and rinderpest virus divergence dated to the sixth century BCE},
  author={Ariane D{\"u}x and S{\'e}bastian Lequime and Livia Victoria Patrono and Bram Vrancken and Şeng{\"u}l Boral and Jan F. Gogarten and Antonia Hilbig and David Horst and Kevin Merkel and Baptiste Prepoint and Sabine Santibanez and Jasmin Schlotterbeck and Marc A. Suchard and Markus Ulrich and Navena Widulin and Annette Mankertz and Fabian H. Leendertz and Kyle Harper and Thomas Schnalke and Philippe Lemey and S{\'e}bastien Calvignac‐Spencer},
  journal={Science},
  year={2020},
  volume={368},
  pages={1367 - 1370}
}
Older origins of measles virus Animal domestication by humans is thought to have given many pathogens an opportunity to invade a new host, and measles is one example of this. However, there is controversy about when measles emerged in humans, because the historical descriptions of measles are relatively recent (late ninth century CE). The controversy has persisted in part because ancient RNA is thought to be a poor target for molecular clock techniques. Düx et al. have overcome the ancient RNA… 
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