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Max-Planck-Institut für evolutionäre Anthropologie

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Veranstaltungen

Neanderthal and Denisovan ancestry in 35 Melanesian individuals
July 07, 2015 11:00
Speaker: Benjamin Vernot (University of Washington, Seattle)
Talk at the Department of Evolutionary Genetics

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Location:
Seminar Area Genetics

Contact:
Viola Mittag
phone + 49 (0) 341 3550 500

E-mail: mittag[>>> Please replace the brackets with an AT sign! <<<]eva.mpg.de
Website: http://www.eva.mpg.de/genetics

Phylogenetic placement of ancient DNA samples and estimation of time-varying mutation rates
July 09, 2015 15:00
Speaker: Jeffrey Spence (University of California at Berkeley)
Talk at the Department of Evolutionary Genetics

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Location:
Seminar Area Genetics

Abstract:
When ancient DNA samples are acquired, one of the first questions that needs to be addressed is how the unknown specimen is related to known reference species. That is, where should the unknown specimen be placed on the fixed phylogenetic tree relating the reference species? We present a coalescent-based method to solve this problem and address challenges specific to ancient DNA including contamination, short reads, and ancient DNA degradation.

I will also present preliminary results on estimating time-varying mutation rates. There has been much debate about the human mutation rate. Recent large-scale pedigree studies produce mutation rate estimates that are about two times slower than the estimates obtained via comparative genomics approaches. It is possible that this discrepancy is due to changes in the mutation rate over time. Yet, two competing forces make it unclear whether the mutation rate has sped up or slowed down over time. On one hand, increasing generation time has led to a higher per-generation mutation rate, while on the other hand, comparative studies point to a slowdown in the human mutation rate since splitting with great apes. We present an extension to the sequentially Markov coalescent framework that allows for accurate inference of past mutation rates to address these questions.


Contact:
Viola Mittag
phone + 49 (0) 341 3550 500

E-mail: mittag[>>> Please replace the brackets with an AT sign! <<<]eva.mpg.de
Website: http://www.eva.mpg.de/genetics

Genome Architecture Changes in Archaic and Modern Humans
July 10, 2015 11:00
Speaker: Rebekah Rogers (Department of Integrative Biology, University of California at Berkeley)
Talk at the Department of Evolutionary Genetics

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Location:
Seminar Area Genetics

Contact:
Viola Mittag
phone + 49 (0) 341 3550 500

E-mail: mittag[>>> Please replace the brackets with an AT sign! <<<]eva.mpg.de
Website: http://www.eva.mpg.de/genetics

Reconstructing the past – digital approaches to restore form and infer function in fossils
July 21, 2015 11:00
Speaker: Stephan Lautenschlager (University of Bristol)
Talk at the Max Planck Weizmann Center

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Location:
Max Planck Weizmann Center MPWC Seminar Room Biocity Deutscher Platz 5b, 04103 Leipzig

Abstract:
By their very nature, fossils are usually incomplete and distorted and, with few exceptions, only preserve the hard parts (such as bones, teeth or shells) of an extinct organism. This presents a considerable problem for the study of fossils, as information about taxonomic relationships, appearance, behaviour and ecology of extinct animals are inferred from the morphology of the preserved remains. In this talk, I want to present different computational methods and techniques, how both hard- and soft tissues can be digitally reconstructed from fossils. Furthermore, different approaches are presented how this information on form can be used to infer possible function in different extinct vertebrates (cynodonts and early mammals, dinosaurs) using the engineering techniques Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Multibody Dynamics Analysis (MDA).

Contact:
Victor Weiler, +49 (0)341 3550 860

E-mail: mpwcsec[>>> Please replace the brackets with an AT sign! <<<]eva.mpg.de
Website: http://www.eva.mpg.de/mpwc

To be announced
September 11, 2015 14:00
Speaker: Clark Barrett, Department of Anthropology, University of California Los Angeles, USA
the Institute Seminar Series

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Location:
MPI-EVA, Lecture hall, 2nd floor

Abstract:
- 14:00 Clark Barrett: To be announced

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


Some information on the speaker and a list of his publications can be found at http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/anthro/faculty/barrett/


The series featuring external speakers takes place roughly every two months and typically on Friday early afternoons. There is one speaker per session who will speak for 60 minutes with up to 30 minutes for questions. Refreshments are provided at the end of the sessions. The committee organizing the seminar series consists of: Aida Andrés, Catherine Crockford, Federico Rossano, Alexander Stoessel, Sandra Jacob and Jörg Noack. Please contact any of them with comments or suggestions.

Contact:
Sandra Jacob, -122 or -156

E-mail: instituteseminar[>>> Please replace the brackets with an AT sign! <<<]eva.mpg.de