Jesse James' remains, Mark Stoneking
Interviewee: Mark Stoneking. Mark Stoneking talks about Jesse James' remains.
The remains were in extremely poor shape, much worse shape then than they thought they had been. But they were examined by a physical anthropologist. They were, there was the skull showed signs of having been cut open for an autopsy, and it's known from historical records that an autopsy was performed. There was a bullet in the chest area, and it's also known from historical records that during the Civil War, Jesse James was shot in the chest by a sniper. Physical anthropologists did estimates of stature and size and sex and so forth, everything seemed to indicate that it was probably Jesse James. There was nothing in all this analysis to indicate that it was not Jesse James. But to really confirm the identity we carried out a DNA analysis. We took quite a bit of work, and for a while we thought we were just not going to be successful because the remains were in just such poor shape but finally were able to reproducibly get the same mitochondrial DNA sequence from the remains.
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Mark Stoneking talks about Jesse James's results.
Geneticist Mark Stoneking, one of the authors of a controversial 1987 paper on mtDNA, talks about our common female ancestor.
Geneticist Mark Stoneking speaks about the findings of early mitochondrial DNA studies.
Mark Stoneking talks about solving one of history's mysteries
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Geneticist Mark Stoneking, co-author of an early mitochondrial DNA paper, talks about the competing theories of human origins.
This illustration shows the two major mitochondrial DNA lineages. The lower branch includes only African populations. The upper branch has both African and non-African members.
Geneticist Mark Stoneking talks about tracing our ancestry.
Human mitochondrial DNA is 16,569 base pairs in length.
12302. "Physical Development Record for American Males," Eugenics Record Office (including forms, directions, and growth graphs) (4)
"Physical Development Record for American Males," Eugenics Record Office (including forms, directions, and growth graphs) (4)