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Brief communication: Conjoined twins at angel mounds? an ancient DNA perspective.
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PMID:  21834072     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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Conjoined twins are born when a single fertilized egg partially splits into two fetuses. A hypothetical case of infant conjoined twins from Angel Mounds, a Middle Mississippian site (A.D. 1050-1400) on the Ohio River near Evansville, Indiana, was discovered in 1941. Morphological analysis does not rule out the field interpretation of this double burial as twins. Ancient mitochondrial DNA recovered from both infants demonstrates that they were not maternal relatives, and hence that they cannot have been conjoined twins. Am J Phys Anthropol, 2011. © 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Authors:
Charla Marshall; Patricia A Tench; Della Collins Cook; Frederika A Kaestle
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-8-10
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of physical anthropology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1096-8644     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Aug 
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Created Date:  2011-8-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0400654     Medline TA:  Am J Phys Anthropol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Affiliation:
Department of Anthropology, Indiana University-Bloomington, Bloomington, IN 47405; Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology, Indiana University-Bloomington, Bloomington, IN 47408. ckmccorm@umail.iu.edu.
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