Ancient DNA and Human Evolution

Event Date (Pacific Time): 
Friday, Apr 29, 2016 - 1:00pm to 5:30pm
Event Chairs:

Richard Green , University of California, Santa Cruz
Anne Stone, Arizona State University


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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Media Session Speakers
File Welcome Pascal Gagneux, University of California, San Diego
File Opening Remarks Richard Green , University of California, Santa Cruz
File The Landscape of Archaic Ancestry in Modern Humans Sriram Sankararaman, UCLA
File Prehistoric Human Biology as Inferred from Dental Calculus Christina Warinner, University of Oklahoma
File The Oldest Human DNA Sequences Matthias Meyer, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
File Neandertal and Denisovan Genomes and What They Tell Us Kay Prüfer, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
File The Origins of Modern Humans in Africa Brenna Henn, Stony Brook University
File A Map of Neandertal Genes in Present Day Humans Joshua Akey, Princeton University
File The Phenotypic Legacy of Neandertal Interbreeding on Modern Humans Tony Capra, Vanderbilt University
File Ancient European Population History Johannes Krause, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History
File The Genetic History of the Americas María Ávila-Arcos, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
File Question and Answer Session, Closing Remarks Anne Stone, Arizona State University
Speakers and Audience
Ajit Varki, UC San Diego School of Medicine

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