Searching for Native American Domestic Dogs: What Does the DNA Say?

Monday, October 15, 2018 from 05:30 pm

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WHEN
Monday, October 15, 2018 from 05:30 pm
WHERE
Visual Arts Building at 107 River Street
Room E125
Iowa City, Iowa, United States, 52246
COST
This is a free event!
CONTACT
Archaeological Institute for America Iowa Society
Description

Drew Kitchen, University of Iowa Department of Anthropology

Searching for Native American Domestic Dogs: What Does the DNA Say?

Dogs are a nearly universal presence in human populations.  The ubiquity of dogs extends through the archaeological record, toward the hypothesized origin of dogs in the late Pleistocene, possibly 30 thousand years ago.  The presence of dogs in the Americas dates to the early Holocene, with dogs found in archeological sites throughout the geographic extent of human populations.  The antiquity of dogs in the Americas suggest that the history of dogs in the Americas mirrors the history of Native American populations.  Analysis of ancient DNA from native dogs indicate that these dog populations were dramatically affected by two events in the history of Native American populations.  Specifically, we found that native dog populations begin to diversity immediately after the peopling of the Americas ~15,000 years ago,  and that European colonization resulted in the near elimination of pre-contact native dog diversity from the gene pools of modern dogs in the Americas.  In sum, the intimate connection between dogs and humans persists in both the archaeological and genetic record from the earliest occupations of the Americas.

The AIA Iowa Society Lecture Program is supported by the support of the Office of the State Archaeologist, the University of Iowa Departments of Anthropology, Classics, Religion, Art and Art History, the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History, and the Iowa Academy of Science

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Archaeological Institute for America Iowa Society

mark-l-anderson@uiowa.edu
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Visual Arts Building

107 River Street
Room E125
Iowa City, Iowa, United States
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