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Docentföreläsning: The genetic history of Africa based on modern and ancient DNA

Docentföreläsning: The genetic history of Africa based on modern and ancient DNA
Lecturer: Dr. Carina Schlebusch
Chairperson: Professor Mattias Jakobsson
Representative of the Associate Professorship Board: Professor Monika Schmitz
The lecture will be given in English.

The Department of Organismal Biology hereby invite all interested to a docent (associate professorship) lecture in the subject Biology with specialization in Human Evolution and Genetics.

Lecturer: Dr. Carina Schlebusch

Title:  "The genetic history of Africa based on modern and ancient DNA"

Date: 2 May 2018 at 14.00

Location: Zootissalen, EBC

Chairperson: Professor Mattias Jakobsson

Representative of the Associate Professorship Board: Professor Monika Schmitz

The lecture will be given in English.

Abstract:
Genetics helped to establish Africa as the birthplace of anatomically modern humans. However, the history of human populations in Africa is complex and includes various demographic events that influenced patterns of genetic variation across the continent. Through genetic studies of modern-day, and most recently, ancient African genetic variation, it became evident that deep African history is captured by connections among African hunter-gatherers, and that the deepest population divergence date to around 300,000 years before present. Furthermore, it was shown that agriculture had a large influence on the distribution of current-day Africans. These later population movements disrupted pre-existing population structure and complicate inferences regarding deep human history. With the increased availability of full genomic data from diverse sets of modern-day and prehistoric Africans we have more power to infer human history. The lecture will focus on human history in Africa and the role of genetics in inferring both deep human history on the continent, and the patterns related to later population movements, linked to the invention of farming.


The lecture is an obligatory teaching test for those applying for admittance as docent (associate professor) and it should be possible for students and others with basic academic education in the relevant field to follow it. The lecture will last for 45 minutes and afterwards the audience may ask questions. The lecture will be given in English.

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