Ancient DNA and Human Evolution

Event Dates: 
Apr 29, 2016 -
1:00pm to 5:30pm

Summary

Ancient DNA data have provided unprecedented insights into the recent history of our species. In particular, methodological improvements and innovations over the last ten years have advanced our ability to recover small fragments, target specific sequences, identify damage patterns, and obtain genome scale data.  As a result, we have evidence for admixture among modern and archaic humans as well as greater appreciation for the complexity of population histories for modern humans around the world. This symposium brings together researchers at the forefront of ancient DNA research and population genetics to discuss current developments and share insights about human migration and adaptation.

Event Sessions

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Date Media Session Title Speakers Abstract Location
Fri 4/29 File Welcome Pascal Gagneux Salk Institute - Conrad T. Prebys Auditorium
Fri 4/29 File Opening Remarks Richard Green Salk Institute - Conrad T. Prebys Auditorium
Fri 4/29 File The Landscape of Archaic Ancestry in Modern Humans Sriram Sankararaman

One of the major discoveries to come out of the analyses of the genomes of archaic humans such as Neanderthals and Denisovans is that of admixture between these archaic and present-day human... more

Salk Institute - Conrad T. Prebys Auditorium
Fri 4/29 File Prehistoric Human Biology as Inferred from Dental Calculus Christina Warinner

Advanced molecular methods have revealed a startling fact - that our bodies are not merely ourselves. Microorganisms comprise more than half of our cells, contain 99% of our genes, and perform... more

Salk Institute - Conrad T. Prebys Auditorium
Fri 4/29 File The Oldest Human DNA Sequences Matthias Meyer

Over the past years, genomic sequences have been retrieved from hundreds of ancient human remains as well as those of extinct human relatives such as Neanderthals and Denisovans. However, due to... more

Salk Institute - Conrad T. Prebys Auditorium
Fri 4/29 File Neandertal and Denisovan Genomes and What They Tell Us Kay Prüfer

The study of the genomes of our closest extinct relatives allows for insights into the recent evolutionary history of anatomically fully modern humans. The discovery of ancient remains with... more

Salk Institute - Conrad T. Prebys Auditorium
Fri 4/29 File The Origins of Modern Humans in Africa Brenna Henn

Over twenty-five years ago, geneticists sequenced mitochondrial DNA from a diverse sample of human populations and hypothesized that all humans have a common origin in Africa 200,000 years ago.... more

Salk Institute - Conrad T. Prebys Auditorium
Fri 4/29 File A Map of Neandertal Genes in Present Day Humans Joshua Akey

Anatomically modern humans overlapped in time and space with Neandertals, and genetic data has revealed that hybridization occurred. We have developed methods to identify Neandertal sequences that... more

Salk Institute - Conrad T. Prebys Auditorium
Fri 4/29 File The Phenotypic Legacy of Neandertal Interbreeding on Modern Humans Tony Capra

Many modern human genomes retain DNA inherited from interbreeding with archaic hominins, such as Neandertals, yet the influence of this admixture on human traits is largely unknown. We analyzed... more

Salk Institute - Conrad T. Prebys Auditorium
Fri 4/29 File Ancient European Population History Johannes Krause

Ancient DNA can reveal pre-historical events that are difficult to discern through the study of archaeological remains and modern genetic variation alone. Our research team analyzed more than 200... more

Salk Institute - Conrad T. Prebys Auditorium
Fri 4/29 File The Genetic History of the Americas María Ávila-Arcos

Generally perceived as the carriers of the biological properties of species, genomes also harbor the demographic history of populations. By studying patterns of genetic variation of modern... more

Salk Institute - Conrad T. Prebys Auditorium
Fri 4/29 File Question and Answer Session, Closing Remarks Anne Stone, Speakers and Audience, Ajit Varki Salk Institute - Conrad T. Prebys Auditorium

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