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Ancient Genomes

Spring, 2019

The two links immediately below work, as do the links in each session for the Study Group Leader's presentation.  With the exception of session 3 on Statistics, the "Resources" links lead back to the official website, to pages that contain many articles for additional reading that cannot be made available here.

About the Course

General Resources

Session 1 - February 13:  Genomics

  1. Introduction
  2. Chapter 1:  How the Genome Explains Who We Are
  3. Presentation by the Study Group Leader (Dan):  PDF, Keynote, PowerPoint
  4. Resources

Session 2 - February 20:  Genomics (concluded)

  1. Review Chapter 1:  How the Genome Explains Who We Are
  2. See presentation in previous session
  3. Resources

Session 3 - February 27: Statistics of Ancient Genomes

  1. No assigned reading
  2. Presentation by the Study Group Leader (Murray):  PDF, Keynote, PowerPoint
  3. Resources this link works

Session 4 - March 6:  Neanderthals

  1. Chapter 2:  Encounters with Neanderthals
  2. Presentation by the Study Group Leader (Dan):  PDF, Keynote, PowerPoint
  3. Resources

Session 5 - March 13: Denisovans

  1. Chapter 3:  Ancient DNA Opens the Floodgates
  2. "Ghosts in the Cave" - Callaway - 2019 - Siberia’s ancient ghost clan starts to surrender i.pdf
  3. Presentation by the Study Group Leader (Dan):  PDF, Keynote, PowerPoint
  4. Resources

Session 6 - March 20:  Humanity's Ghosts

  1. "The evolutionary history of human populations in Europe" - Lazaridis - 2018 - The evolutionary history of human populations in E.pdf  Note:  For this week, focus on the first four pages, up to the title First Farmers.
  2. Chapter 4:  Humanity's Ghosts
  3. Presentation by the Study Group Leader (Dan):  PDF, Keynote, PowerPoint
  4. Resources

Session 7 - April 3:  Europe

  1. Chapter 5:  The Making of Modern Europe
  2. "The evolutionary history of human populations in Europe" - Lazaridis - 2018 - The evolutionary history of human populations in E.pdf  Note:  For this week, focus on the last four pages, beginning from the title First Farmers.
  3. Presentation by the Study Group Leader (Murray):  PDF, Keynote, PowerPoint
  4. Resources

Session 8 - April 10:  Europe (concluded)

  1. Review Chapter 5:  The Making of Modern Europe
  2. Review "The evolutionary history of human populations in Europe" - Lazaridis - 2018 - The evolutionary history of human populations in E.pdf  Note:  For this week, focus on the last four pages, beginning from the title First Farmers.
  3. See presentation in previous session
  4. Resources

Session 9 - April 17:  South and Central Asia

  1. Chapter 6:  The Collision that Formed India
  2. "The genetic makings of South Asia" - Metspalu et al. - 2018 - The genetic makings of South Asia.pdf
  3. Presentation by the Study Group Leader (Murray):  PDF, Keynote, PowerPoint
  4. Resources

Session 10 - April 24:  East Asia and the Americas

  1. Chapter 7:  In Search of Native American Ancestors
  2. Chapter 8:  The Genomic Origins of East Asians
  3. Presentation on Americas by the Study Group Leader (Murray):  PDF, Keynote, PowerPoint
  4. Presentation on East Asia by the Study Group Leader (Murray):  PDF, Keynote, PowerPoint
  5. Resources:  Americas
  6. Resources:  East Asia

Session 11 - May 1:  Africa

  1. Chapter 9:  Rejoining Africa to the Human Story
  2. Presentation by the Study Group Leader (Dan):  PDF, Keynote, PowerPoint
  3. Resources

Session 12 - May 8:  Looking Forward, Looking Back

  1. Class visit by Iosif Lazaridis, Senior Staff Scientist in David Reich's lab at Harvard, who will discuss ongoing work and answer questions arising from our studies
  2. Assignment:  prepare insightful questions to ask Dr. Lazaridis and send them by email to the study group leaders by 6 pm Tuesday, May 7.
  3. Completion of the Americas, from Session 10