Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 6:00pm
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Science Center Lecture Hall C, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge

Harvard Science Lecture & Book Talk

"A Tale of Two Subcontinents: The Parallel Prehistories of Europe and South Asia" with David Reich, Professor, Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School; Senior Associate Member, Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

The new technology of ancient DNA has highlighted a remarkable parallel in the prehistory of Europe and South Asia. In both cases, the arrival of agriculture from southwest Asia after 9,000 years ago catalyzed profound population mixtures of groups related to Southwest Asian farmers and local hunter-gatherers. In both cases, the spread of ancestry ultimately deriving from Steppe pastoralists had a further major impact after 5,000 years ago and almost certainly brought Indo-European languages. Mixtures of these three source populations form the primary gradients of ancestry in both regions today.

In this lecture, Prof. Reich will discuss his new book, Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past.

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