Alan Cooper - The Aboriginal Heritage Project
Tuesday 30 May, 6pm – 7pm (the Museum will open to guests at 5:30pm, with a complimentary glass of wine available prior to the talk)
Dr Alan Cooper, Director of the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA will discuss how the study of historic hair clippings has lead to the first detailed picture of Aboriginal Australia. Working with Aboriginal families and communities, the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA and the South Australian Museum have obtained permission to analyse DNA preserved in hair samples. This has allowed researchers to look back to the initial colonization of Australia – some 50,000 years ago, and the major cultural and environmental events that took place prior to European arrival.
Prof. Alan Cooper has played a central role in the development of the field of ancient DNA. He sequenced the first complete genome of an extinct species, two mitochondrial genomes of giant New Zealand moa. He established the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA as an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow at the University of Adelaide, has been an ARC Future Fellow, and is now an ARC Laureate Fellow. He was named the 2016 South Australian Scientist of the Year.
Suitable for ages 16+
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