Announcements

MBGE SEMINAR by Füsun Özer

Author: COLLEGE OF SCIENCES
Time: 14:30
Location: CASE 216

KOÇ UNIVERSITY MBGE SEMINAR
**********************************
Speaker          :
Füsun Özer, Department of Anthropology, Hacettepe University 

Title                : Archaeogenetic Analysis of Anatolian Neolithic Sheep

Date                : February 13, 2020, Thursday
Time               : 14:30  
Cookie & Tea: 14:15 CASE 216
Place               : CASE 216


Abstract         : Sheep was one of the earliest farm animals domesticated, yet its demographic and evolutionary history is not well understood. Archaeological evidence indicates that sheep was managed by sedentary communities during the early Neolithic (about 9,000-8,000 BCE) in the area ranging from central Anatolia to northwest Iran. However, genetic studies that would elucidate the domestication history of sheep is sparse and mostly based on the mitochondrial DNA analysis of modern breeds. In this talk, first the methodology and utilization of  ancient DNA as a  powerful tool to study past populations will be introduced. Secondly, the results of our mitochondrial  DNA and genome-wide polymorphism analyses from ancient central and west Anatolian sheep dating to the early Neolithic as genetic evidences for domestication in Anatolia and migration from other domestication centers.