Ancient DNA is sequence information from the bones or tissues of organisms that come from historic or prehistoric collections. My work principally applies to prehistoric material, including skeletal material from Neandertals and Denisovans. Ancient DNA evidence on many kinds of organisms has become an important window into evolution.
Humans tend to mix and interact with each other. Geneticists are once again starting to take that seriously, changing their view of our origins.
New DNA evidence is revealing the genetic relationships of ancient groups from southern China, showing how they were connected to living people across the region.
Research on ancient genomes has moved way beyond population mixture into broader questions about how ancient people lived and interacted with their environments.
Describing the results of genomic work by Michael Westbury and collaborators, including ancient hyena genomes from Eurasia and North America.
I helped to draft a statement for the American Society of Human Genetics on responsible research on ancient DNA.
Working with communities can be challenging but is essential to build a strong science of the past.
A comparison of surviving populations of lions in Africa and India with extinct lions, including cave lions from Siberia and Yukon.
A study on change in European chickens over time illuminates the challenge of studying selection in populations with immigration from other sources.
In this contribution, Keolu Fox and I consider what is necessary to build a sustainable science of ancient DNA.
Reviewing new work that reveals migrants from several historic periods in the skeletons surrounding this lake in India.