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Why, how, where, when, and how many times: Theoretical and genomic perspectives on the origins of the domestic dog
March 11, 2016 10:30
Speaker: Greger Larson (School of Archaeology, Oxford, UK)
Talk at the Department of Evolutionary Genetics

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Seminar Area Genetics

Dogs were both the first domestic animal and the only animal domesticated prior to the advent of settled agriculture. Despite their importance in human history, no consensus has emerged with regard to their geographic and temporal origins, how the process unfolded, or even whether dogs were domesticated independently just once or on more than one occasion. Here, I will first present an evolutionary hypothesis for their divergence from wild wolves. I will then focus on the spatiotemporal pattern of dog domestication and present new ancient and modern genomic analyses that suggest a potential dual origin on opposite sides of the Old World.

Viola Mittag
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Website: http://www.eva.mpg.de/genetics

Genomic insights into an emerging understanding of admixture and evolution
March 11, 2016 14:00
Speaker: Dr. Greger Larson, School of Archaeology, University of Oxford, UK
The Institute Seminar Series

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MPI-EVA, Deutscher Platz 6, 2nd floor lecture hall

- 14:00 Greger Larson: Genomic insights into an emerging understanding of admixture and evolution

- 15:30 Discussion and soft drinks just outside the lecture hall

Abstract: Before we had easy access to nuclear genomes, inferring the frequency and ramifications of admixture between populations and species was easily guessed at, but rarely properly understood. The next generation sequencing revolution has led to a proliferation of datasets that can now addresses issues related to gene flow directly. Here, I will consider population divergence and reticulation in the context of gene flow and show how these new insights have altered our perception of the process and definition of domestication. In addition, I will present a model for predicting the fertility of interspecies hybrids and demonstrate that human admixture with neanderthals and other hominids should have been expected.

Some information on the speaker and a list of his publications can be found at http://www.arch.ox.ac.uk/GL2.html

The series featuring internal and external speakers takes place roughly every 1-2 months on Friday early afternoons. The committee organizing the seminar series consists of: Aida Andrés, Catherine Crockford, Jan Engelmann, Alexander Stoessel, Sandra Jacob and Jörg Noack. Please contact any of them with comments or suggestions.

Sandra Jacob, -122 or -156

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