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19 October 2011

DNA from ancient Danes

Sampling leg bones of the extinct giant moa bird of New Zealand

Sampling leg bones of the extinct giant moa bird of New Zealand

Morten Allentoft has been hired as a post doc researcher at GeoGenetics to study the DNA of ancient Danish people.

His research will focus on several key events in human prehistory such as the Neolithisation in the Stone Age. This event witnessed a transition from a hunter-gathering form of life into farming (c. 6000 before present in Denmark), as well as the later Bronze Age period with its massive cultural transformations.

By generating genome-wide information from the large Danish collections of ancient human skeletons, new data will become available to study the population dynamics and migration patterns during these important and enigmatic times in European prehistory.

Fieldwork in Leana’s Breath Cave, Central Nullarbor, Australia.

Fieldwork in Leana’s Breath Cave, Central Nullarbor, Australia.