Craig D. Millar
University of Auckland
EcologyAncient DNAGeneticsBiologyZoology
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#1Bennet J. McComish (UTAS: University of Tasmania)H-Index: 5
#2Michael A. Charleston (UTAS: University of Tasmania)H-Index: 25
Last. David M. Lambert (Griffith University)H-Index: 39
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Microsatellites are widely used in population genetics, but their evolutionary dynamics remain poorly understood. It is unclear whether microsatellite loci drift in length over time. We identify more than 27 million microsatellites using a novel and unique dataset of modern and ancient Adelie penguin genomes along with data from 63 published chordate genomes. We investigate microsatellite evolutionary dynamics over two time scales: one based on the Adelie penguin samples dating to approximately ...
#1Craig D. Millar (University of Auckland)H-Index: 26
#2David M. Lambert (Griffith University)H-Index: 39
ABSTRACTGenomics and ancient DNA methods have revolutionized many areas of biology, including human evolution. Recently we have seen significant advances in archaeogenetics including the use of lar...
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#1Sally Wasef (Griffith University)H-Index: 3
#2Sankar Subramanian (University of the Sunshine Coast)H-Index: 20
Last. David M. LambertH-Index: 39
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The ancient catacombs of Egypt harbor millions of well-preserved mummified Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus) dating from ~600BC. Although it is known that a very large number of these votive mummies were sacrificed to the Egyptian God Thoth, how the ancient Egyptians obtained millions of these birds for mummification remains unresolved. Ancient Egyptian textual evidences suggest they may have been raised in dedicated large-scale farms. To investigate the most likely method used by the pries...
#1Jacqueline Tizard (University of Auckland)H-Index: 1
#2Selina Patel (University of Auckland)H-Index: 4
Last. Craig D. Millar (University of Auckland)H-Index: 26
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Background DNA barcoding utilises a standardised region of the cytochrome c oxidase I (COI) gene to identify specimens to the species level. It has proven to be an effective tool for identification of avian samples. The unique island avifauna of New Zealand is taxonomically and evolutionarily distinct. We analysed COI sequence data in order to determine if DNA barcoding could accurately identify New Zealand birds.
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#1Sally Wasef (Griffith University)H-Index: 3
#2Leon Huynen (Griffith University)H-Index: 15
Last. David M. Lambert (Griffith University)H-Index: 39
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The long-term preservation of DNA requires a number of optimal conditions, including consistent exposure to cool, dry, and dark environments. As a result, the successful recovery of ancient DNA from material from warmer climates such as those in Egypt has often been met with scepticism. Egypt has an abundance of ancient mummified animals and humans, whose genetic analyses would offer important insights into ancient cultural practices. To date, the retrieval of complete genomes from ancient Egypt...
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#1Joanne L. Wright (Griffith University)H-Index: 3
#2Sally Wasef (Griffith University)H-Index: 3
Last. David M. Lambert (Griffith University)H-Index: 39
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After European colonization, the ancestral remains of Indigenous people were often collected for scientific research or display in museum collections. For many decades, Indigenous people, including Native Americans and Aboriginal Australians, have fought for their return. However, many of these remains have no recorded provenance, making their repatriation very difficult or impossible. To determine whether DNA-based methods could resolve this important problem, we sequenced 10 nuclear genomes an...
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#1Caitlin Curtis (Griffith University)H-Index: 6
#2Craig D. Millar (University of Auckland)H-Index: 26
Last. David M. Lambert (Griffith University)H-Index: 39
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In 1798, Napoleon Bonaparte’s army invaded Egypt, returning with many treasures including large numbers of Sacred Ibis mummies. The ancient Egyptians revered the ibis and mummified literally millions of them. The French naturalist Georges Cuvier used these mummies to challenge an emerging idea of the time, namely Jean-Baptiste Lamarck’s theory of evolution. Cuvier detected no measurable differences between mummified Sacred Ibis and contemporary specimens of the same species. Consequently, he arg...
Brown skuas Catharacta antarctica lonnbergi breed across a broad latitudinal range from the Antarctic to temperate regions. While information on the non-breeding distribution and behaviour for Antarctic and subantarctic populations is known, no data exist for populations breeding at temperate latitudes. We combined geolocation sensing and stable isotope analysis of feather tissue to study the non-breeding behaviour of brown skuas from the temperate Chatham Islands, a population that was historic...
#2Marti J. AndersonH-Index: 48
Last. Paul B. Rainey (MPG: Max Planck Society)H-Index: 60
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Pleurobranchaea maculata is a rarely studied species of the Heterobranchia found throughout the south and western Pacific–and recently recorded in Argentina–whose population genetic structure is unknown. Interest in the species was sparked in New Zealand following a series of dog deaths caused by ingestions of slugs containing high levels of the neurotoxin tetrodotoxin. Here we describe the genetic structure and demographic history of P. maculata populations from five principle locations in New ...
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#2Leon HuynenH-Index: 15
Last. David M. LambertH-Index: 39
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