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  1. DNA from extinct giant lemurs links archaeolemurids to extant indriids.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 8:121 (2008) PMID 18442367 PMCID PMC2386821

    We therefore used ancient DNA technology to address the phylogenetic status of the two archaeolemurid genera (Archaeolemur and Hadropithecus). Despite poor DNA preservation conditions in subtropical environments, we managed to recover 94- to 539-bp sequences for two mitochondrial genes among 5 subfo...
  2. Revisiting Neandertal diversity with a 100,000 year old mtDNA sequence.

    Current Biology 16(11):R400 (2006) PMID 16753548

  3. Ancient DNA analysis reveals woolly rhino evolutionary relationships.

    Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 28(3):485 (2003) PMID 12927133

    We have sequenced the entire 12S rRNA and partial cytochrome b (cyt b) genes of one 60-70,000-year-old sample, and partial 12S rRNA and cyt b sequences of two 40-45,000-year-old samples of the extinct woolly rhinoceros (Coelodonta antiquitatis). Based on these two mitochondrial markers, phylogenetic...
  4. Evolution. An epigenetic window into the past?

    Science 345(6196):511 (2014) PMID 25082684

  5. The microcephalin ancestral allele in a Neanderthal individual.

    PLoS ONE 5(5):e10648 (2010) PMID 20498832 PMCID PMC2871044

    We report the first PCR amplification and high-throughput sequencing of nuclear DNA at the microcephalin (MCPH1) locus from Neanderthal individual from Mezzena Rockshelter (Monti Lessini, Italy). We show that a well-preserved Neanderthal fossil dated at approximately 50,000 years B.P., was homozygou...
  6. A 400,000-year-old mitochondrial genome questions phylogenetic relationships amongst archaic hominins: using the latest advances in ancient ...

    Bioessays 36(6):598 (2014) PMID 24706482

    By combining state-of-the-art approaches in ancient genomics, Meyer and co-workers have reconstructed the mitochondrial sequence of an archaic hominin that lived at Sierra de Atapuerca, Spain about 400,000 years ago. This achievement follows recent advances in molecular anthropology that delivered t...
  7. Rodents of the Caribbean: origin and diversification of hutias unravelled by next-generation museomics.

    Biology Letters 10(7) (2014) PMID 25115033 PMCID PMC4126619

    We used target enrichment and next-generation sequencing of mitochondrial and nuclear genes to infer the phylogenetic relationships of hutias, estimate their divergence ages, and understand their mode of dispersal in the Greater Antilles.We found that Capromyidae are nested within Echimyidae (spiny...
  8. Ancient DNA analysis reveals divergence of the cave bear,Ursus spelaeus, and brown bear,Ursus arctos, lineages

    Current Biology 11(3):200 (2001)

    We previously amplified a short DNA fragment of the mitochondrial DNA control region (mt control region) of a 40,000-year-old Ursus spelaeus sample [4]. In this paper, we describe the DNA analysis of two mtDNA regions, the control region and the cytochrome b gene. Control region sequences were obtai...
  9. The genetic prehistory of the New World Arctic.

    Science 345(6200):1255832 (2014) PMID 25170159

    We present genome-wide sequence data from ancient and present-day humans from Greenland, Arctic Canada, Alaska, Aleutian Islands, and Siberia. We show that Paleo-Eskimos (~3000 BCE to 1300 CE) represent a migration pulse into the Americas independent of both Native American and Inuit expansions. Fur...
  10. Islands in the ice: detecting past vegetation on Greenlandic nunataks using historical records and sedimentary ancient DNA meta-barcoding.

    Molecular Ecology 21(8):1980 (2012) PMID 21951625

    We have investigated the changes in plant composition at these nunataks using both the results of surveys of the flora over the last 130 years and through reconstruction of the vegetation from the end of the Holocene Thermal Maximum (5528 ± 75 cal year BP) using meta-barcoding of plant DNA...