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A Brief History of Ancient DNA

Publication date: Jan 9, 2013 2:47:46 PM

Start: Jan 14, 2013 4:00:00 PM

Location: Room 612, Institute of Archaeology

Dr Ian Barnes

Ian Barnes (Royal Holloway) will give the first seminar in the Term II Institute Research Seminar series on ancient DNA at the Institute on 14 January.  

The Term II Institute Research Seminar series looking at the field of ancient DNA is being organised by Mark Thomas (UCL Genetics, Evolution and Environment) and coincides with the launch of a new ancient DNA Laboratory facility at the Institute.

Ian Barnes will give the opening seminar with a brief history of ancient DNA and all are welcome to attend. Ian began his research career studying archaeology, having failed to understand that the Indiana Jones films were not documentaries. Realising this error, he again took career advice from a Steven Spielberg film and moved to working on ancient DNA, working between Archaeology and Biology in York.

During subsequent spells in Oxford and UCL, he has been involved with many of the key ancient DNA studies of the ice age megafauna, including giant deer, sabretooth cats, short-faced bears and woolly mammoth. He is currently Reader in Molecular Palaeobiology in the School of Biological Sciences at Royal Holloway.

The seminar will be followed by a reception in the Institute's Staff Common Room (Room 609).

Any enquiries about the seminar series may be directed to Mark Thomas.

Term II Institute Research Seminar Series Programme