Molecular Paleontology Reading Group
Welcome to the Molecular Paleontology Reading Group.
Learning Project Summary
Participants in the Molecular Paleontology Reading Group read and discuss articles from the literature that present data and theories related to the recovery of DNA from ancient human, animal, and plant remains.
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- Neanderthal DNA discussion - Do data from Neanderthal DNA studies settle the question of the cladistic relationship between modern humans and Neanderthals?
Each activity has a suggested associated background reading selection.
- Neanderthal DNA
- Analysis of one million base pairs of Neanderthal DNA by R. E. Green, J. Krause, S. E. Ptak, A. W. Briggs, M. T. Ronan, J. F. Simons, L. Du, M. Egholm, J. M. Rothberg, M. Paunovic and S. Paabo in Nature (2006) Volume 444, pages 330-336.
- Sequencing and analysis of Neanderthal genomic DNA by James P. Noonan, Graham Coop, Sridhar Kudaravalli, Doug Smith, Johannes Krause, Joe Alessi, Feng Chen, Darren Platt, Svante Pääbo, Jonathan K. Pritchard, Edward M. Rubin in Science (2006) Volume 314, pages 1113-1118.
- Modern humans did not admix with Neanderthals during their range expansion into Europe by Mathias Currat and Laurent Excoffier in PLoS Biology (2004) Dec;2(12):e421.
- Technical issues
- Assessing the fidelity of ancient DNA sequences amplified from nuclear genes in Genetics by Jonas Binladen, Carsten Wiuf, M. Thomas, P. Gilbert, Michael Bunce, Ross Barnett, Greger Larson, Alex D. Greenwood, James Haile, Simon Y. W. Ho, Anders J. Hansen and Eske Willerslev (2006) Volume 172, pages 733-741.
- Relatively well preserved DNA is present in the crystal aggregates of fossil bones by Michal Salamon, Noreen Tuross, Baruch Arensburg and Steve Weiner in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U.S.A. (2005) Volume 102, pages 13783-13788.
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