Late Lunch Talk:The evolutionary and ecological history of ice age megafauna and flora: insights from ancient DNA
Late Lunch Talk by Peter D. Heintzman from UiT/Tromsø University Museum
The flora and fauna have experienced severe ecological and evolutionary pressures as a result of human influences and rapid periods of climatic change during the last ice age and up to the present. However, the details of the effects and timing of these changes are still poorly understood. Ancient DNA, derived from bone, other tissues, and sediment, is continuing to add insight into the evolutionary and ecological history of these groups. In this talk, I will discuss some case studies where ancient DNA has been used to resolve the systematics of extinct megafauna, the timings of the opening of a key migration route and an island extinction, and is currently being used to explore high resolution ecological change at the end of the last ice age.