The arrival of Europeans to the Americas, beginning in the 15th century, all but wiped out the dogs that had lived alongside native people on the continent for thousands of years, according to new research published today in Science. But one close relative of these native dogs lives on in an unexpected place – as a transmissible cancer whose genome is that of the original dog in which it appeared, but which has since spread throughout the world. Using genetic information from 71 archaeological dog remains from North America and Siberia, an international team led by researchers at the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, Queen Mary University of London, and Durham University showed that ‘native’ (or ‘pre-contact’) American dogs, which arrived alongside people over 10,000 years ago and dispersed throughout North and South America, possessed genetic signatures unlike dogs found anywhere else in the world.
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2nd November 2015
Our team has another stellar piece of research work out in Biology Letters, the press release for which is below.
7th September 2015
We have a new paper out in Nature Genetics about pig domestication entitled: "Evidence of long-term gene flow and selection during domestication from analyses of Eurasian wild and domestic pig genomes".
7th September 2015
Here Greger demonstrates how he's the man that knows more about Pearl Jam than Pearl Jam does.
24th August 2015
Watch Greger present to an audience at the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.
15th July 2015
Watch Greger present to an audience at the Palaeontology Institute and Museum, at the University of Zürich.
1st July 2015
Greger talks to OU today about his research and a talk he later gave called "Mutts and the Melting Pot: Gene Flow in Domestication and Human Evolution."
25th June 2015
Greger talks to the Santa Barbara Symposium on Human Origins II on the subject of "Bodies in Motion: Understanding the relation between Migration and Hybridization."
22nd May 2015
Watch Dr Greger Larson and Dr Ardern Hulme-Beaman discuss dog domestication in a video from Science Magazine.
10th March 2015
The PalaeoBarn website is now online and accessible. We aim to keep you up to date with news, developments and research via the website and our Twitter account.
19th February 2015