Molecular coproscopy: dung and diet of the extinct ground sloth Nothrotheriops shastensis.

@article{Poinar1998MolecularCD,
  title={Molecular coproscopy: dung and diet of the extinct ground sloth Nothrotheriops shastensis.},
  author={H. Poinar and M. Hofreiter and W. G. Spaulding and P. S. Martin and B. Stankiewicz and H. Bland and R. Evershed and G. Possnert and S. P{\"a}{\"a}bo},
  journal={Science},
  year={1998},
  volume={281 5375},
  pages={
          402-6
        }
}
DNA from excrements can be amplified by means of the polymerase chain reaction. [...] Key Result A chemical agent, N-phenacylthiazolium bromide, that cleaves such cross-links made it possible to amplify DNA sequences. Analyses of these DNA sequences showed that the coprolite is derived from an extinct sloth, presumably the Shasta ground sloth Nothrotheriops shastensis. Plant DNA sequences from seven groups of plants were identified in the coprolite. The plant assemblage that formed part of the sloth's diet…Expand
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