1. Group membership, geography and shared ancestry: Genetic variation in the Basotho of Lesotho.

    American Journal of Physical Anthropology 160(1):156 (2016) PMID 26779678

    The investigation of the evolution of cultural and genetic traits and how they interact represents a vibrant area of research in evolutionary genetics, whose dynamics are particularly relevant for our species. One of the key assumptions of the "gene-culture coevolution" framework is the coinheri...
  2. The Role of Recent Admixture in Forming the Contemporary West Eurasian Genomic Landscape

    Current Biology 25(21):2878 (2015)

  3. The Role of Recent Admixture in Forming the Contemporary West Eurasian Genomic Landscape.

    Current Biology 25(19):2518 (2015) PMID 26387712 PMCID PMC4714572

    Over the past few years, studies of DNA isolated from human fossils and archaeological remains have generated considerable novel insight into the history of our species. Several landmark papers have described the genomes of ancient humans across West Eurasia, demonstrating the presence of large-...
  4. Genome-Wide SNP Analysis of Southern African Populations Provides New Insights into the Dispersal of Bantu-Speaking Groups.

    Genome Biology and Evolution 7(9):2560 (2015) PMID 26363465 PMCID PMC4607521

    The expansion of Bantu-speaking agropastoralist populations had a great impact on the genetic, linguistic, and cultural variation of sub-Saharan Africa. It is generally accepted that Bantu languages originated in an area around the present border between Cameroon and Nigeria approximately 5,000 ...
  5. Static and moving frontiers: the genetic landscape of Southern African Bantu-speaking populations.

    Molecular Biology and Evolution 32(1):29 (2015) PMID 25223418

    A consensus on Bantu-speaking populations being genetically similar has emerged in the last few years, but the demographic scenarios associated with their dispersal are still a matter of debate. The frontier model proposed by archeologists postulates different degrees of interaction among incomi...
  6. Unravelling the hidden ancestry of American admixed populations.

    Nature Communications 6:6596 (2015) PMID 25803618 PMCID PMC4374169

    The movement of people into the Americas has brought different populations into contact, and contemporary American genomes are the product of a range of complex admixture events. Here we apply a haplotype-based ancestry identification approach to a large set of genome-wide SNP data from a variet...
  7. Detecting genetic isolation in human populations: a study of European language minorities.

    PLoS ONE 8(2):e56371 (2013) PMID 23418562 PMCID PMC3572090

    The identification of isolation signatures is fundamental to better understand the genetic structure of human populations and to test the relations between cultural factors and genetic variation. However, with current approaches, it is not possible to distinguish between the consequences of long...
  8. Using forensic microsatellites to decipher the genetic structure of linguistic and geographic isolates: A survey in the eastern Italian Alps.

    Forensic Science International: Genetics 6(6):827 (2012) PMID 22595149

    The study of geographically and/or linguistically isolated populations could represent a potential area of interaction between population and forensic genetics. These investigations may be useful to evaluate the suitability of loci which have been selected using forensic criteria for bio-anthrop...
  9. Migration distance rather than migration rate explains genetic diversity in human patrilocal groups.

    Molecular Ecology 21(20):4958 (2012) PMID 22765647

    In patrilocal groups, females preferentially move to join their mate's paternal relatives. The gender-biased gene flow generated by this cultural practice is expected to affect genetic diversity across human populations. Greater female than male migration is predicted to result in a larger decre...
  10. Evidence of high genetic variation among linguistically diverse populations on a micro-geographic scale: a case study of the Italian Alps.

    Journal of Human Genetics 57(4):254 (2012) PMID 22418692

    Although essential for the fine-scale reconstruction of genetic structure, only a few micro-geographic studies have been carried out in European populations. This study analyzes mitochondrial variation (651 bp of the hypervariable region plus 17 single-nucleotide polymorphisms) in 393 samples fr...
  11. Online databases for mtDNA and Y chromosome polymorphisms in human populations.

    Journal of anthropological sciences = Rivista d... 90:201 (2012) PMID 23274751

    This study presents an overview of online databases for mtDNA and Y chromosome polymorphisms in human populations. In order to provide readers with information which may help optimize their use, we focus on: (i) type, quantity and source of data contained; (ii) possibilities of downloading and u...
  12. Mine, yours, ours? Sharing data on human genetic variation.

    PLoS ONE 7(6):e37552 (2012) PMID 22679483 PMCID PMC3367958

    The achievement of a robust, effective and responsible form of data sharing is currently regarded as a priority for biological and bio-medical research. Empirical evaluations of data sharing may be regarded as an indispensable first step in the identification of critical aspects and the developm...