The Use of Ancient DNA to Understand Human History

Lecture | February 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Rasmus Nielsen, Professor, Department of Integrative Biology and Department of Statistics, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

I this talk I will discuss the use of ancient DNA in anthropological research. I will start by discussing some of our work on the discovery of interbreeding between modern humans and Neanderthals and the causes of the Neanderthal extinction. I will then move into a discussion of several different studies we have been involved with on analyzing human remains, including remains of ’the ancient one, also know as the 'Kennewick man’. I will focus my discussion on what can, and what cannot, be learned from genetic analyses.