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The Archaeogenomics of Domestic Animals

From 14 Nov 2022 until 18 Nov 2022 - BIOPOLIS-CIBIO, Vairão, Portugal
The Archaeogenomics of Domestic Animals

Diachronic genetic studies are required in order to infer the origins and evolutionary trajectories of domestic animals. Data spanning long time scales from zooarchaeological specimens allow the investigation of genomic variation within populations over time. Analysis of ancient DNA opens a direct window into the past for reconstruction of the genetic history of animal populations.

The objective of this course is to provide an overview of the most recent Archaeogenomics findings on the origin and evolution of domestic animals. It will also cover some of the recommended bioinformatics tools and methods for the study of ancient DNA genomics data. There will be hands-on sessions, including bioinformatics on how to filter, infer damage patterns and authenticate next-generation-sequencing data obtained from archaeological specimens, as well as on population genomics. One invited speaker in Archaeogenomics will also contribute to the course.

At the end of the course students should understand the importance of including genomic data concerning past populations to make evolutionary inferences, as well as get familiar with the challenges and peculiarities of ancient DNA analysis.

Topics that will be discussed:

- Animal evolution and population dynamics

- Phylochronological studies

- Domestication events

- Livestock improvement

- Zooarchaeology: radiocarbon dating, isotope analysis and osteometry

- Population Genomics

- Ancient DNA data analysis

Application deadline: October 06, 2022

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