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Mitochondrial DNA and the origins of the domestic horse
The extensive genetic diversity of these 77 ancestral mares leads us to conclude that several distinct horse populations were involved in the domestication of the horse.
Revealing the prehistoric settlement of Australia by Y chromosome and mtDNA analysis
The analysis reveals no evidence for any archaic maternal or paternal lineages in Australians, despite some suggestively robust features in the Australian fossil record, thus weakening the argument for continuity with any earlier Homo erectus populations in Southeast Asia.
Phylogenetic network analysis of SARS-CoV-2 genomes
A phylogenetic network of SARS-CoV-2 genomes sampled from across the world faithfully traces routes of infections for documented coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, indicating that phylogenetic networks can likewise be successfully used to help trace undocumented CO VID-19 infection sources, which can be quarantined to prevent recurrent spread of the disease worldwide.
Ancient DNA from the First European Farmers in 7500-Year-Old Neolithic Sites
It is found that 25% of the Neolithic farmers had one characteristic mtDNA type and that this type formerly was widespread among Neolithic Farmers in Central Europe and this finding lends weight to a proposed Paleolithic ancestry for modern Europeans.
Archaeology and Language: The Puzzle of Indo-European Origins
New edition of a classic previously published since 1987 by Penguin. Renfrew considers questions of language origins and what they imply about ethnic affiliation. He re-examines the problem of the
Phylogenetic star contraction applied to Asian and Papuan mtDNA evolution.
A novel star contraction algorithm is presented here which rigorously identifies starlike nodes (clusters) diagnostic of prehistoric demographic expansions of East Asian and Papuan lineages.
Before civilization: The radiocarbon revolution and prehistoric Europe
The refinement of radiocarbon dating using the information form tree-ring counts has raised serious doubts about the accepted theoretical framework of European prehistory. Monuments in Central and
Peer Polity Interaction and Socio-political Change
Preface 1. Introduction: peer polity interaction and socio-political change Colin Renfrew 2. Polities and palaces: some problems in Minoan state formation John F. Cherry 3. Interaction by design: the
The Emergence Of Civilisation
Wonders are many on earth and the greatest of these Is man, who rides the ocean and takes his way Through the deeps, through the windswept valleys of perilous seas That surge and sway. He is master