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New paper analysing DNA of prehistoric remains in North East Europe

A new paper involving Environment Institute members Clio Der Sarkissian, Alan Cooper and Wolfgang Haak as well as Oleg Balanovsky(Russian Academy of Medical Sciences & Russian Academy of Sciences), Valery Zaporozhchenko (Russian Academy of Medical Sciences), Elena Balanovska (Russian Academy of Medical Sciences),Guido Brandt (Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz), Kurt W. Alt (Johannes Gutenberg University […]

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Ancient genes may explain modern threat to Tasmanian devils

Researchers at the University of Sydney and the University of Adelaide have discovered that Tasmanian devils had low immune gene diversity for hundreds, and possibly thousands, of years before the emergence of Devil Facial Tumour Disease. The study, published today in the journal Biology letters, involves Environment Institute member Jeremy Austin from the Australian Centre […]

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New Paper: The extinction of the Giant Moa was not caused by climate change

A new paper titled ‘The effect of climate and environmental change on the megafaunal moa of New Zealand in the absence of humans‘ investigates using ancient DNA to assess the effect of climate and environmental changes on the now extinct Giant Moa. The researchers discovered that climate and environmental changes did not have a signifcant […]

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New Paper: Ancient DNA identifies post-glacial recolonisation, not recent bottlenecks, as the primary driver of contemporary mtDNA phylogeography and diversity in Scandinavian brown bears

A new paper involving Environment Institute members Sarah Bray, Jeremy Austin (also Museum Victoria), Jessica Metcalf (also University of Colorado), Christina Adler (also University of Sydney) and Alan Cooper as well as Kjartan Østbye (University of Oslo & Hedmark University College, Norway), Elvind Østbye (University of Oslo), Stein-Erik Lauritzen (University of Bergen, Norway), Kim Aaris-Sørensen […]

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ACAD Guest speaker: Johannes Krause – Podcast now available

Download a podcast of Associate Professor Johannes Krause presentation titled, ‘The Genome of the Black Death’ presented by the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD). Assoc. Professor Johannes Krause from the Institute for Archaeological Sciences University of Tübingen, Germany gave a special presentation on Thursday 17th May 2012. The talk focused on Assoc. Professor Krause’s […]

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The Neandertal in you: what have we learned from the Neandertal Genome Project

Listen to visiting Prof Carles Lalueza-Fox speak about findings from the Neandertal Genome Project. The Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) was pleased to host Professor Carles Lalueza-Fox who gave a free public talk on ‘The Neandertal in you: what have we learned from the Neandertal Genome Project?’ on 9 December at the University of […]

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160 year old museum specimens identify rare parrot

A team of Australian researchers involving DNA experts from the University of Adelaide has identified a new, critically endangered species of ground parrot in Western Australia. The team, led by Australian Wildlife Conservancy‘s Dr Stephen Murphy, used DNA from museum specimens up to 160 years old to reveal that populations of ground parrots in eastern […]

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Origins of first European farmers revealed

A team of international researchers led by ancient DNA experts from the Environment Institute, University of Adelaide has resolved the longstanding issue of the origins of the people who introduced farming to Europe some 8000 years ago. A detailed genetic study of one of the first farming communities in Europe, from central Germany, reveals marked […]

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