Ancient DNA and human evolutionary inference

Published on March 18, 2015   40 min

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Hi, welcome everyone. I'm Mattias Jakobsson. I'm Professor of Genetics at Uppsala University, and I will be talking about ancient DNA in the human evolutionary inference. And I'm mainly going to be focusing on anatomically modern humans, and what we actually can learn by looking into genetic information from modern humans from the last, say, 10,000-5,000 years.
So my outline is the following; I'm going to start by talking about some patterns of genetic variation in Europe, and how they can be interpreted in terms of the neolithic transition and the introduction of farming into Europe. And while I've done that and only focused on modern day genetic variation, I'm going to switch gear a bit, and in the second part of this talk I'm going to talk about ancient DNA methods for anatomically modern humans. I will talk a little bit about the challenges, and I'll talk a little bit about the potentials of using this data of understanding our past. After I've completed the second part, I'll come back to the Neolithic transition and what we can learn about the past in Europe, as an example, focus on Scandinavia and Southern Europe, and then I'll try to summarize all this into a synthesis.