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, 5, 329-351

Taming the Past: Ancient DNA and the Study of Animal Domestication

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Taming the Past: Ancient DNA and the Study of Animal Domestication

David E MacHugh et al. Annu Rev Anim Biosci.

Abstract

During the last decade, ancient DNA research has been revolutionized by the availability of increasingly powerful DNA sequencing and ancillary genomics technologies, giving rise to the new field of paleogenomics. In this review, we show how our understanding of the genetic basis of animal domestication and the origins and dispersal of livestock and companion animals during the Upper Paleolithic and Neolithic periods is being rapidly transformed through new scientific knowledge generated with paleogenomic methods. These techniques have been particularly informative in revealing high-resolution patterns of artificial and natural selection and evidence for significant admixture between early domestic animal populations and their wild congeners.

Keywords: agriculture; ancient DNA; domestication; genetics; livestock; selection.

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