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Type: Journal article
Title: Human evolution: a tale from ancient genomes
Author: Llamas, B.
Willerslev, E.
Orlando, L.
Citation: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 2017; 372(1713):20150484-1-20150484-11
Publisher: Royal Society of London
Issue Date: 2017
ISSN: 0962-8436
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Bastien Llamas, Eske Willerslev, Ludovic Orlando
Abstract: The field of human ancient DNA (aDNA) has moved from mitochondrial sequencing that suffered from contamination and provided limited biological insights, to become a fully genomic discipline that is changing our conception of human history. Recent successes include the sequencing of extinct hominins, and true population genomic studies of Bronze Age populations. Among the emerging areas of aDNA research, the analysis of past epigenomes is set to provide more new insights into human adaptation and disease susceptibility through time. Starting as a mere curiosity, ancient human genetics has become a major player in the understanding of our evolutionary history.This article is part of the themed issue 'Evo-devo in the genomics era, and the origins of morphological diversity'.
Keywords: Archaic hominins; ancient DNA; anthropology; human evolution
Rights: © 2016 The Author(s) Published by the Royal Society. All rights reserved.
RMID: 0030060764
DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2015.0484
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