Special Issue "Novel and Neglected Areas of Ancient DNA Research"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2017).
Interests: adaptation; ancient DNA; bears; DNA extraction; DNA sequencing; genetic diversity; hybridization; phylogenetics; Pleistocene mammals; population genetics; proboscideans; reticulate evolution; speciation
Research involving DNA from historical or ancient samples has flourished during the last 10 years. However, the majority of studies have focused either on hominids, or on a relatively limited number of large bodied and charismatic mammalian taxa. Such biases limit the scope of unique insights that ancient DNA can contribute to the study of evolution and ecology. Furthermore, ongoing technological developments in ancient DNA research carry huge potential for other, seemingly unrelated fields of basic and applied scientific research. Achieving this potential will require exploration into subject areas not typically investigated by the ancient DNA community. In this Special Issue of Genes, we present a set of review and research articles focused on “Novel and Neglected Areas of Ancient DNA Research”. This collection of works documents the current state of knowledge on ancient DNA research of neglected taxa, documents new and promising technical developments enabling future applications of ancient DNA, and also presents new research findings, addressing diverse and underexplored research areas. We hope that this special issue will inspire and motivate the next generation of ancient DNA researchers to broaden and diversify the scope of future ancient DNA research, fulfilling the potential of this most valuable tool for the study of evolution and ecology.
Prof. Dr. Michael Hofreiter
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