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The study of the structure, function and organisation of ancestral genomes are the focal points of the Paleogenomics lab. More specifically, it looks at the different evolutionary problems that can be answered with ancient DNA data, such as those involving human evolution, population dynamics and diversity, as well as adaptive processes and past migrations. This lab works with ancient modern humans and with an extinct hominin species, Neanderthals. Regarding the latter, the research carried out to date has mainly been focused on genomic diversity among Neanderthals and the individualisation of a Neanderthal family group from El Sidrón, an archaeological site in the Asturias region of northern Spain. The Paleogenomics lab is also investigating the evolutionary dynamics and past migrations in European prehistory through the analysis of Mesolithic, Neolithic, Copper Age and Bronze Age human genomes.

Lab website: Paleogenomics Lab

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Publications Publications

Lalueza-Fox C.; Gigli E.; Bini C.; Calafell F.; Luiselli D.; Pelotti S.; Pettener D. 2011 Genetic analysis of the presumptive blood from Louis XVI, king of France. Forensic Science International 5(5):459-63.

Lalueza-Fox, C.; Gilbert, M.T.P.; 2011.  Paleogenomics of Archaic HomininsCurrent Biology 21, R1002-R1009. DOI 10.1016/j.cub.(2011).11.021

Garcıa-Garcera, M.; Gigli E.; Sanchez-Quinto F.;  Ramirez O.; Calafell F.; L.-F. C. Civit S.; Lalueza C. 2011. Fragmentation of Contaminant and Endogenous DNA in Ancient Samples Determined by Shotgun Sequencing; Prospects for Human PalaeogenomicsPlos One 6, e24161.

Ebenesersdottir, S. S.; Sigurethsson, A.; Sanchez-Quinto, F.; Lalueza-Fox, C.; Stefansson, K.; Helgason, A. 2011. A new subclade of mtDNA haplogroup C1 found in Icelanders: evidence of pre-Columbian contact? American Journal of  Physical Anthropology 144: 92-99.