Special Issue "Revealing the Puzzle of the Past through Ancient Biomolecules: From Wild to Tame Faunal Diversity"
A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 November 2021.
2. Emil G. Racoviță Institute, Babeș-Bolyai University, Clinicilor 5-7, 400006 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
3. Centre for Palaeogenetics, Svante Arrhenius väg 20C, 10691 Stockholm, Sweden
4. Department of Bioinformatics and Genetics, Swedish Museum of Natural History, 10405 Stockholm, Sweden
Interests: ancient DNA; cave; ecology; population genomics
Starting four decades ago, the study of ancient biomolecules gave us the opportunity to disentangle the complexity of processes that shaped the ancient faunal diversity across millennia at an unprecedented molecular level. Studies addressing demographic dynamics, divergence and admixture among populations, determining probable causes of species extinction and how humans impacted the genetics and ecology of wild and domestic species first used short mitochondrial DNA fragments, then eventually whole genomes, epigenomes, proteomes, and even lipids. However, even now, few studies explore the possibility of interdisciplinary biomolecular approaches to reveal ancient faunal diversity dynamics in relation to environmental and anthropic impact.
In this Special Issue of Diversity we aim to bring the story of extinct and extant faunal diversity to life, from wild to domesticated populations, retrieved from subsurface and surface archaeological and palaeontological deposits, by analysing ancient biomolecules (DNA, proteins, lipids, and stable isotopes). The manuscripts should provide insight and present new challenges and perspectives on the spatio-temporal ancient faunal diversity within palaeoecological contexts.
We hope this Special Issue will approach a broad variety of topics and species, from the extinct Pleistocene megafauna to ancient and medieval wild and domestic stocks, and offer a better understanding of drivers of past faunal diversity on Earth.
Papers proposing meaningful contributions on faunal diversity, independently of analysed marker source and specific topic, are welcome.
Dr. Ioana Nicoleta Meleg
Dr. Beatrice Simona Kelemen
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- ancient DNA
- wild and domestic ancient fauna
- ancient biomolecules (DNA, proteins, lipids, stable isotopes)
- sedimentary ancient DNA
- bimolecular archaeology and palaeontology, palaeoecology