The genomic history of the domestic horse
Continuing in the HEAS Seminar Series – Archaeological Sciences, Prof. Ludovic Orlando from the Centre for Anthropobiology and Genomics of Toulouse will deliver a talk on the ‘The genomic history of the domestic horse’.
The horse is one of the last mega-herbivores to have been domesticated but certainly represents the one that most impacted human history. It provided past societies with fast mobility, new ways to make war, and facilitated pastoralism and farming. The history of the domestic horse, from the early stages more than 4000 years ago, to the modern breeding of racing champions, remained poorly understood. In the last few years, the sequencing of extensive genome time-series for horses has helped write entirely new chapters about their domestication history. It revealed their original homeland in the steppes of the lower Don-Volga, rewrote the evolutionary origins of the now extinct-in-the-wild Przewalski’s horses and tracked the geographic and temporal spread of some of the key selective breeding targets for traits such as high-stature, speed and more. This seminar will present how my group harnessed the latest methodological advances in ancient DNA research to gain new understanding of the process and history underlying horse domestication.
This talk will take place on the 24th April 2023 at 10:30 in HS7 Archaeology Centre at Franz-Klein-Gasse 1, 1190 Vienna
To register for this event please click here