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Inferring Human Demographic History from Genetic Data

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Abstract

Genetics and archeology are two fields that provide complementary sources of information on our history as a species. We review what has been learned about human population history from recent genetic studies, including studies of geographic structure, population bottlenecks, and recent population growth. We also describe recent studies that highlight the importance of admixture in human history, from the mixing of different continental populations in the Americas over the past several centuries to ancient admixture between humans and Neanderthals tens of thousands of years ago.

Keywords

  • Demographic history
  • Population structure
  • Population growth
  • Inference
  • Admixture
  • Ancient DNA

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Wall, J.D. (2021). Inferring Human Demographic History from Genetic Data. In: Lohmueller, K.E., Nielsen, R. (eds) Human Population Genomics. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-61646-5_8

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