Ancient DNA and the rewriting of human history: be sparing with Occam's razor

Genome Biol. 2016 Jan 11;17:1. doi: 10.1186/s13059-015-0866-z.


Ancient DNA research is revealing a human history far more complex than that inferred from parsimonious models based on modern DNA. Here, we review some of the key events in the peopling of the world in the light of the findings of work on ancient DNA.

Publication types

  • Historical Article
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • DNA / genetics*
  • DNA / history
  • History, Ancient*
  • Human Migration / history
  • Humans
  • Selection, Genetic / genetics*


  • DNA