Department of Environmental Toxicology

Archaeologists Use Tooth Enamel Protein to Show Sex of Human Remains

July 17, 2020
A new method for estimating the biological sex of human remains based on reading protein sequences rather than DNA has been used to study an archaeological site in Northern California. The protein-based technique developed at the University of California, Davis, gave superior results to DNA analysis in studying 55 sets of human remains between 300 and 2,300 years old.