|20 March 2014||14:30 - 15:00|
Under certain conditions it's possible that DNA can be preserved for up to a million years. While early research reported that DNA from dinosaurs and insects could be preserved in amber for a hundred million years or more, we now know that these results came from contamination or from the accidental introduction of modern DNA. Modern methods make finding viable ancient DNA much more reliable and when we do, it can provide an insight into many areas of research, from conservation to the evolutionary relationships between extinct and living animals.
Meet a scientist who studies ancient DNA and find out about his fieldwork in the Caribbean, where he looks at how much diversity has been lost and focuses on animals on the verge of extinction.