Talk: Wednesday 13 April 2016, 7.30 pm, Cottenham Village College,  Common Room.

Archaeology, ancient DNA and the horse-human relationship in Prehistory by Mim Bower

Doors open 7.15 pm; meeting begins 7.30 pm

Mim Bower pioneered the use of ancient DNA in archaeology at Cambridge and has an eclectic research career including studies on the spread of agriculture into Europe and the origins of grape varieties, but the bulk of her research has been on the genetic consequences of the domestication of horses. Some of her more notable findings include the discovery of an imposter in the Thoroughbred General Studbook and the characterisation of a gene which predicts speed in race horses. This talk presents the results of a large-scale study of horse genetic diversity across the Eurasian continent and explores the changing nature of the relationship between horses and humans from Prehistory to the present day.

Our speaker meetings are open to everyone. Admission: Members £2; Non-members £3.


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