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Newly established Shelly Saunders/Koloshuk Family Scholarship to attract world’s best anthropology graduate students

A $1 million dollar gift by Victor Koloshuk to honour the legacy of his late wife, the renowned biological anthropologist Shelly Saunders, is being used to establish the Shelley Saunders/Koloshuk Family Scholarship.

Nov 07, 2017

Ancient DNA and Forensic Analysis Questions Pablo Neruda’s Cause of Death

Members of the McMaster Ancient DNA Centre and forensic researchers in Denmark presented their initial findings on the putative causes surround Pablo Neruda’s death.

Oct 23, 2017

Genetic Discontinuity between the Maritime Archaic and Beothuk Populations in Newfoundland, Canada

By examining the mitochondrial genome diversity and isotopic ratios of 74 ancient remains in conjunction with the archaeological record, we have provided definitive evidence for the genetic discontinuity between the maternal lineages of these populations. This northeastern margin of North America appears to have been populated multiple times by distinct groups that did not share a recent common ancestry, but rather one much deeper in time at the entry point into the continent.

Oct 16, 2017

Congratulations Ana Duggan, Banting Fellow

Congratulations to Ana Duggan on receiving a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Jun 01, 2017

Smallpox and Malaria findings featured in the current issue of World Archaeology

Recent work by the McMaster University Ancient DNA Centre and collaborators on the sequencing of a smallpox genome from a 17th century Lithuanian child mummy and the identification of malaria in Roman Italy has been featured in the current issue of World Archaeology (CWA 81).

Jan 24, 2017

A molecular portrait of maternal sepsis from Byzantine Troy

Pregnancy complications are poorly represented in the archeological record, despite their importance in contemporary and ancient societies. While excavating a Byzantine cemetery in Troy, we discovered calcified abscesses among a woman’s remains.

Jan 12, 2017

17th Century Variola Virus Reveals the Recent History of Smallpox

The partially mummified remains of a young child have offered a unique insight into the history of a once-feared disease. The remains, recovered from the crypt of the Dominican Church of the Holy Spirit in Vilnius, Lithuania, have been dated to the mid-17th century.

Dec 08, 2016

Plasmodium falciparum malaria in 1st–2nd century CE southern Italy

Using ancient DNA technology, we were able to retrieve over 50% of the Plasmodium falciparum mitochondrial genome from two adults in different localities.

Dec 05, 2016

CBC Hamilton - Made in Hamilton Series: A Mammoth of a Genome

Emil's talk on the myths, misconceptions, and ethics of paleogenomics and de-extinction.

Oct 14, 2016