Use of Ancient DNA to Understand the Origin and Spread of Dogs, and their Human Companions, across the Arctic

Thursday May 7th Archaeology First Thursday

Dogs

Use of Ancient DNA to Understand the Origin and Spread of Dogs, and their Human Companions, across the Arctic
Dr. Christyann Darwent, Department of Anthropology,

University of California, Davis

4pm, SMSU 236 (Reception with food following the lecture)
Dog remains from recent excavations  in western Alaska and northwestern Greenland were combined with an Arctic-wide survey of over 500 ancient dog samples from museum collections and researchers. Analysis of the temporal and spatial distribution of dog remains and their genetic characteristics, demonstrate that domestic dogs colonized the North American Arctic in two waves, as evidence shows for human colonization.

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