• An ‛Aukward’ tale: a genetic approach to discover the whereabouts of the last Great Auks 

      Thomas, Jessica E; Carvalho, Gary R.; Haile, James; Martin, Michael David; Castruita, Jose A. Samaniego; Niemann, Jonas; Sinding, Mikkel Holger Strander; Sandoval-Velasco, Marcela; Rawlence, Nicolas J.; Fuller, Errol; Fjeldså, Jon; Hofreiter, Michael; Stewart, John R; Gilbert, Marcus Thomas Pius; Knapp, Michael (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2017)
      One hundred and seventy-three years ago, the last two Great Auks, Pinguinus impennis, ever reliably seen were killed. Their internal organs can be found in the collections of the Natural History Museum of Denmark, but the ...
    • Ancient genomes from Iceland reveal the making of a human population 

      Ebenesersdóttir, Sigríður Sunna; Sandoval-Velasco, Marcela; Gunnarsdóttir, Ellen D.; Jagadeesan, Anuradha; Guðmundsdóttir, Valdís B.; Thordardóttir, Elísabet L.; Einarsdóttir, Margrét S.; Moore, Kristjan H. S.; Sigurðsson, Ásgeir; Magnúsdóttir, Droplaug N.; Jónsson, Hákon; Snorradóttir, Steinunn; Hovig, Eivind; Møller, Pål; Kockum, Ingrid; Olsson, Tomas; Alfredsson, Lars; Hansen, Thomas F.; Werge, Thomas; Cavalleri, Gianpiero L.; Gilbert, Edmund; Lalueza-Fox, Carles; Walser III, Joe W.; Kristjánsdóttir, Steinunn; Gopalakrishnan, Shyam; Arnadottir, Lilja; Magnússon, Ólafur Þ.; Gilbert, Marcus Thomas Pius; Stefánsson, Kári; Helgason, Agnar (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2018)
      Opportunities to directly study the founding of a human population and its subsequent evolutionary history are rare. Using genome sequence data from 27 ancient Icelanders, we demonstrate that they are a combination of ...
    • Demographic reconstruction from ancient DNA supports rapid extinction of the Great Auk 

      Thomas, Jessica E; Carvalho, Gary R.; James, Haile; Rawlence, Nicolas J.; Martin, Michael David; Ho, Simon Y.W.; Sigfússon, Arnór; Jósefsson, Vigfús A.; Frederiksen, Morten; Linnebjerg, Jannie F.; Castruita, Jose A. Samaniego; Niemann, Jonas; Sinding, Mikkel-Holger S.; Sandoval-Velasco, Marcela; Soares, André E.R.; Lacy, Robert; Barilaro, Christina; Best, Julia; Brandis, Dirk; Cavallo, Chiara; Elorza, Mikelo; Garrett, Kimball L; Groot, Maaike; Johansson, Friederike; Lifjeld, Jan Terje; Nilson, Göran; Serjeanston, Dale; Sweet, Paul; Fuller, Errol; Hufthammer, Anne Karin; Meldgaard, Morten; Fjeldså, Jon; Shapiro, Beth; Hofreiter, Michael; Gilbert, Marcus Thomas Pius; Knapp, Michael (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2019)
      The great auk was once abundant and distributed across the North Atlantic. It is now extinct, having been heavily exploited for its eggs, meat, and feathers. We investigated the impact of human hunting on its demise by ...
    • Evolutionary History, Genomic Adaptation to Toxic Diet, and Extinction of the Carolina Parakeet 

      Gelabert, Pere; Sandoval-Velasco, Marcela; Serres, Aitor; de Manuel, Marc; Renom, Pere; Margaryan, Ashot; Stiller, Josefin; De-Dios, Toni; Fang, Qi; Feng, Shaohong; Mañosa, Santi; Pacheco, George; Ferrando-Bernal, Manuel; Shi, Guolin; Hao, Fei; Chen, Xianqing; Petersen, Bent; Olsen, Remi-André; Navarro, Arcadi; Deng, Yuan; Dalén, Love; Marques-Bonet, Tomas; Zhang, Guojie; Antunes, Agostinho; Gilbert, Marcus Thomas Pius; Lalueza-Fox, Carles (Peer reviewed; Journal article, 2020)
      As the only endemic neotropical parrot to have recently lived in the northern hemisphere, the Carolina parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis) was an iconic North American bird. The last surviving specimen died in the Cincinnati ...
    • Genetic affinities of an eradicated european plasmodium falciparum strain 

      De-Dios, Toni; van Dorp, Lucy; Gelabert, Pere; Carøe, Christian; Sandoval-Velasco, Marcela; Fregel, Rosa; Escosa, Raül; Aranda, Carles; Huijben, Silvie; Balloux, Francois; Gilbert, Marcus Thomas Pius; Lalueza-Fox, Carles (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2019)
      Malaria was present in most of Europe until the second half of the 20th century, when it was eradicated through a combination of increased surveillance and mosquito control strategies, together with cross-border and political ...
    • Genomic adaptations and evolutionary history of the extinct scimitar-toothed cat, Homotherium latidens 

      Barnett, Ross; Westbury, Michael V; Sandoval-Velasco, Marcela; Vieira, Filipe G.; Jeon, Sungwon; Zazula, Grant; Martin, Michael David; Ho, Simon Y.W.; Mather, Niklas; Gopalakrishnan, Shyam; Ramos-Madrigal, Jazmín; de Manuel, Marc; Zepeda-Mendoza, Marie Lisandra; Antunes, Agostinho; Carmona Baez, Aldo; De Cahsan, Binia; Larson, Greger; O'Brien, Stephen J.; Eizirik, Eduardo; Johnson, Warren E.; Koepfli, Klaus-Peter; Wilting, Andreas; Fickel, Jörns; Dalén, Love; Lorenzen, Eline D.; Marques-Bonet, Tomas; Hansen, Anders J.; Zhang, Guojie; Bhak, Jong; Yamaguchi, Nobuyuki; Gilbert, Marcus Thomas Pius (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2020)
      Homotherium was a genus of large-bodied scimitar-toothed cats, morphologically distinct from any extant felid species, that went extinct at the end of the Pleistocene [1, 2, 3, 4]. They possessed large, saber-form serrated ...
    • Plasmodium vivax Malaria Viewed through the Lens of an Eradicated European Strain 

      van Dorp, Lucy; Gelabert, Pere; Rieux, Adrien; De Manuel, Marc; De-Dios, Toni; Gopalakrishnan, Shyam; Carøe, Christian; Sandoval-Velasco, Marcela; Fregel, Rosa; Olalde, Iñigo; Escosa, Raül; Aranda, Carles; Huijben, Silvie; Mueller, Ivo; Marques-Bonet, Tomas; Balloux, Francois; Gilbert, Marcus Thomas Pius; Lalueza-Fox, Carles (Peer reviewed; Journal article, 2020)
      The protozoan Plasmodium vivax is responsible for 42% of all cases of malaria outside Africa. The parasite is currently largely restricted to tropical and subtropical latitudes in Asia, Oceania, and the Americas. Though, ...
    • Relative performance of two DNA extraction and library preparation methods on archaeological human teeth samples 

      Sandoval-Velasco, Marcela; Lundstrøm, Inge K. C.; Wales, Nathan; Ávila-Arcos, María C; Schroeder, Hannes; Gilbert, Marcus Thomas Pius (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2017)
      DNA extraction and library preparation are crucial steps in any ancient DNA study. Although palaeogenomic researchers are facing a growing choice of DNA extraction and sequencing library preparation methods, how their ...