Colloquium: Origin: A Genetic History of the Americas

Apr 17, 2024, 4:00 pm5:15 pm
General Public (virtual)



Event Description

How – and when – did people first come to the American continents? In the last two decades, models to answer this question have been rapidly evolving. As researchers have worked to construct and test new models for the initial peopling of the Americas, they have increasingly incorporated evidence from the genomes of ancient peoples, which provide an archive of human population history. Ancient DNA has revealed a complex story of migrations, isolation and adaptation, one which is still unfolding as more genomes are studied every year. In this talk, we will examine the latest genetic and archaeological evidence for the origins of the First Peoples, and the strengths and weaknesses of different models of population history. We will survey unresolved questions in this chapter of history, and what kinds of data are needed to answer them. We will discuss the future of genetics and archaeological research, and the ethical challenges which different stakeholders in this field are facing.

Jack Berkery