The Future of Domestication Studies
25 April 2014
Research by Dorian Fuller, UCL colleagues and collaborative partners is being featured in a special issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS).
The papers are part of a collection entitled: "The Modern View of Domestication", edited by Greger Larson and Dolores R. Piperno, Special Feature of The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA (29 April 2014). Early Edition online content is available now via the links below.
The research results from a catalysis meeting entitled “Domestication as an Evolutionary Phenomenon: Expanding the Synthesis,” held in 2011, which was co-organised by Dorian, awarded a National Science Foundation grant and hosted by the National Evolutionary Synthesis Centre.
- Current Perspectives and the Future of Domestication Studies
This multi-authored paper, with contributions by Manuel Arroyo-Kalin, Dorian Fuller, Leilani Lucas and Mark Thomas, presents the state of the art in the field of domestication studies, discussing what is known about the spatial and temporal patterns of domestication, and controversies surrounding the speed, intentionality, and evolutionary aspects of the domestication process. Three three key challenges are also highlighted for future research.
- Storytelling and story testing in domestication
This multi-authored paper, with contributions by Manuel Arroyo-Kalin, Dorian Fuller and Mark Thomas, outlines some of the modeling approaches most relevant to current problems in domestication research, and demonstrates the ways in which simulation modeling is beginning to reshape our understanding of the domestication process.
- Convergent evolution and parallelism in plant domestication revealed by an expanding archaeological record
Agriculture was a transformative development in the history of human societies and natural environments and drove the evolution of new domesticated species. Archaeological plant remains provide a range of insights into the processes by which plants were domesticated in different parts of the world. This research paper, co-authored by Dorian Fuller, Manuel Arroyo-Kalin, Leliani Lucas, Chris Stevens and colleagues, provides a unique synthesis of evidence, including quantitative evidence on the trajectory and rate of domestication in seed crops and patterns in the development of tropical vegetatively propagated crops.
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