David Caramelli

Wednesday, 17 October | 3:00 pm

Head of Department of Biology, (Department of Excellence 2018-2022), Laboratory of Anthropology, Molecular Anthropology/Paleogenetics Unit, University of Florence, ITALY

Advanced in Ancient DNA studies

(Host: M. Giacca)

Advances in DNA technology have made possible to recover DNA from archaeological and palaeontological remains allowing to the scientist to go back in time studying the genetic relationships of extinct organisms to their contemporary relatives. This provides a new perspective on the evolution of organisms and DNA sequences. However, the field is fraught with technical pitfalls and needs stringent criteria to ensure the reliability of results, particularly when human remains are studied.