Harnessing ancient genomes to study the history of human adaptation

Marciniak, Stephanie; Perry, George H

English Scientific Survey paper (Journal Article)
Published: NATURE REVIEWS GENETICS 1471-0056 1471-0064 18 (11) pp. 659-674 2017
  • SJR Scopus - Genetics (clinical): D1
    The past several years have witnessed an explosion of successful ancient human genome-sequencing projects, with genomic-scale ancient DNA data sets now available for more than 1,100 ancient human and archaic hominin (for example, Neandertal) individuals. Recent 'evolution in action' analyses have started using these data sets to identify and track the spatiotemporal trajectories of genetic variants associated with human adaptations to novel and changing environments, agricultural lifestyles, and introduced or co-evolving pathogens. Together with evidence of adaptive introgression of genetic variants from archaic hominins to humans and emerging ancient genome data sets for domesticated animals and plants, these studies provide novel insights into human evolution and the evolutionary consequences of human behaviour that go well beyond those that can be obtained from modern genomic data or the fossil and archaeological records alone.
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