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By Emiliano Rodriguez Mega The Associated Press

Telltale bits of DNA help track past and elusive wildlife

NEW YORK — On a scorching summer day, Mark Stoeckle threw a bucket into the murky waters of New York’s East River to fill up three small plastic bottles.

The biologist hopes the water he collected contains the genetic trail of the river’s diverse life including all of its fish and of course, the occasional rat.

Ancient ‘Iceman’ shows signs of a well-balanced last meal

NEW YORK — Talk about a paleo diet. Scientists have uncovered the last meal of a frozen hunter who died 5,300 years ago in the Alps.

The stomach contents of the corpse, widely known as Oetzi the Iceman, offer a snapshot of what ancient Europeans ate more than five millennia ago, researchers said.