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Researchers hope Pablo Neruda’s bones hold answer to poet’s death

McMaster Ancient DNA Centre joins international collaborative effort to determine the cause of Pablo Neruda's death.

Feb 26, 2016

The phylogenetic affinities of the extinct glyptodonts

Among the fossils of hitherto unknown mammals that Darwin collected in South America between 1832 and 1833 during the Beagle expedition were examples of the large, heavily armored herbivores later known as glyptodonts. Ever since, glyptodonts have fascinated evolutionary biologists because of their remarkable skeletal adaptations and seemingly isolated phylogenetic position even within their natural group, the cingulate xenarthrans (armadillos and their allies). In possessing a carapace comprised of fused osteoderms, the glyptodonts were clearly related to other cingulates, but their precise phylogenetic position as suggested by morphology remains unresolved.

Feb 22, 2016

Ancient human genomics: the methodology behind reconstructing evolutionary pathways

A review of the processes undertaken in Ancient DNA studies - from sample to data analysis.

Sep 11, 2015

Surveying the repair of ancient DNA from bones via high-throughput sequencing

A comparative analysis on DNA repair/recovery methodologies to increase the amount of recoverable material.

Sep 11, 2015

McMaster aDNA analysis aids in identification of University of Madison-Wisconsin mastodons

Graduate students Emil Karpinski and Jonathan Hughes resolve lingering misidentification questions surrounding Boaz and Anderson Mills mastodons.

May 28, 2015

Sequencing the complete genomes of two Siberian woolly mammoths

With an international team of collaborators, the McMaster Ancient DNA Centre is pleased to report the first complete genome sequences of two Siberian woolly mammoths.

Apr 25, 2015

Congratulations Nathalie Mouttham

Everyone at the McMaster aDNA Centre would like to congratulate Nathalie Mouttham for the successful completion of her MSc defence.

Nov 15, 2014

Congratulations Alison Devault

The entire McMaster Ancient DNA Centre would like to congratulate Alison Devault for the successful completion of her PhD thesis defence.

Aug 22, 2014

Congratulations Jacob Enk

The entire McMaster aDNA Centre would like to extend its congratulations to Jake Enk for the successful completion of his PhD thesis defence.

Apr 14, 2014