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Ancient DNA, extinction, domestication and the cost of modern farming

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Beginning with dogs over 15,000 years ago, the domestication of plants and animals has played a key role in the development of modern societies. Given its fundamental importance, a vast body of literature from a wide variety of academic disciplines has explored the origins of domestication. Ancient DNA in particular, obtained both modern and archaeological samples, have had a tremendous impact on our understanding of animal domestication, not only allowing us to retrace their geographic and temporal origin but also to understand fundamental evolutionary processes. Here I will present recent work from my group, on pigs, dogs and chickens that highlights how ancient DNA is revolutionising our understanding of their history.

This talk is part of the Departmental Seminar Programme, Department of Veterinary Medicine series.

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