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Living World Lecture: Brenna Henn
Start Date: 11/15/2013Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Date: 11/15/2013

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Human Genomics & Ancient Human Prehistory

Twenty-five years ago, geneticists hypothesized that all humans have a common maternal origin in Africa (popularly referred to as "Mitochondrial Eve"). Patterns of the human migration out of Africa and their dispersal across Eurasia were later explored in minute detail using human genetic data from hundreds of populations across the world, largely with mitochondrial and Y chromosome DNA. Recently, the invention of next generation sequencing has been used to generate massive new genomic datasets and recover ancient genomic material from long dead hominins. We will discuss whether previous models of human evolution hold up with new genomic data. When and where did modern humans originate? What happened when humans moved out of Africa? Do these ancient demographic events have any relevance for human populations today?

Brenna Henn is Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Ecology and Evolution.
Location Information:
West Campus - Earth & Space Sciences Building  (View Map)
Nicolls Road
Main Entrance
Stony Brook, NY 11794
Phone: (631) 632-6000
Room: 001
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