Human Population Genetics and Genomics ISSN 2770-5005

Special Issue

Paleogenomics, ancient DNA, and genomic tales of human history

Manuscript Submission Deadline: September 30, 2023 Submit Now Special Issue Flyer

Guest Editors
  • Maanasa Raghavan
    Maanasa Raghavan

    Assistant Professor, Department of Human Genetics, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637, USA

    Research Interests: paleogenomics (ancient DNA); human evolution; population history; disease evolution

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  • Daniel Wegmann
    Daniel Wegmann

    Professor of Department of Biology, University of Fribourg, CH-1700 Fribourg, Switzerland

    Research Interests: Computational biology; ancient DNA; low-depth sequencing; evolutionary genetics; biodiversity monitoring

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  • Lounès Chikhi
    Lounès Chikhi

    CNRS, Laboratoire Évolution & Diversité Biologique (EDB UMR 5174), IRD, CNRS, UPS, Université de Toulouse Midi‐Pyrénées, Toulouse, France
    Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Population and Conservation Genetics group, Oeiras, 2870-156 Oeiras, Portugal

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  • Joshua Akey
    Joshua Akey

    Professor, Lewis-Sigler Institute, Princeton University, 143 Carl Icahn Laboratory, Princeton, NJ 08544, USA

    Research Interests: Population Genomics; Molecular Evolution; Admixture; Natural Selection; Genetic Architecture of Complex and Quantitative Traits

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Over the past decade, technological innovations in the sequencing and analysis of modern and ancient genomes have dramatically reshaped our understanding of human evolutionary history. For example, ancient DNA (aDNA) studies of extant and extinct hominin groups have revealed repeated episodes of archaic hominin admixture, increasingly detailed patterns of dispersal, population turnover, and genomic substrates of positive selection. This Special Topic will publish original research and review articles in the burgeoning area of paleogenomics and aDNA. Empirical, methodological, and theoretical studies in the following areas are welcome:

  • Archaic hominin admixture;
  • More recent admixture among modern human populations;
  • Leveraging aDNA to make Inferences of human history or the evolutionary processes that have shaped extant patterns of genomic variation;
  • Evolutionary history of Neanderthals or Denisovans;
  • Software that facilitates analyses of modern and ancient DNA.
Advantages to contributing to this Special Topic include all publication fees have been waived, rapid publication, and HPGG is an Open Access journal, which increases the visibility, accessibility, and impact of your work.

Although we ask authors to be succinct, there is no restriction on the length of manuscripts, number of figures, tables, or references. Authors are free to use their discretion in deciding on the optimal length and number of display items to effectively communicate their work.
Manuscript Submission Information

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor been under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings). All manuscripts will be thoroughly refereed through a single-blinded peer-review process. A guide for manuscript submission is available at Submission Instructions.

Invited Papers

Title: Using paleogenomic data and simulations to reconstruct the population dynamics of the European Neolithic Transition

Author: Mathias Currat

Affiliation: Department of Genetics and Evolution, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Title: Who were the Denisovans?: A review of the fossil and genetic evidence

Author: Chris Stringer

Affiliation: The Natural History Museum, London, UK

Title: GRUPS-rs, a high-performance ancient DNA genetic relatedness estimation software relying on pedigree simulations

Author: Maël Lefeuvre 1, Michaël Martin 2, Flora Jay 3, Marie-Claude Marsolier 1,4 and Céline Bon 1

Affiliation: 1. UMR 7206 - Éco-Anthropologie (EA), Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, CNRS, Université Paris Cité, France. 2. Department of Natural History, NTNU University Museum, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway. 3. Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire des Sciences du Numérique, CNRS, INRIA, Université Paris-Saclay, France. 4. CEA/DRF, I2BC/UMR 9198, SBIGeM, Gif-sur-Yvette, France

Title: Ancient genomes from Mongolia

Author: Choongwon Jeong

Affiliation: Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea

Title: Genomes of ancient Jomon hunter-gatherers from Japan

Author: Choongwon Jeong

Affiliation: Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea

Title: Archaic variation and benchmarking phasing of aDNA

Author: Emilia Huerta-Sanchez

Affiliation: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Brown University, USA

Title: Detecting population continuity and ghost admixture among ancient genomes

Author: James McKenna, Per Sjödin, Mattias Jakobsson

Affiliation: Department of Organismal Biology, Uppsala University, Sweden

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