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Molecular Anthropology and Ancient DNA




2016 Lipe WD, Bocinsky RK, Chisholm BS, Lyle R, Dove DM, Matson RG, Jarvis E, Judd K, and Kemp BM. “Cultural and Genetic Contexts for Early Turkey Domestication in the Northern Southwest.” American Antiquity 81(1): 97-113.

2015 Ozga A, Tito RY, Kemp BM, Matternes HB, Obregon-Tito A, Neal L, and Lewis Jr. CM. “Origins of an Unmarked Georgia Cemetery using Ancient DNA Analysis.” Human Biology 87(2): 109-121.

2015 de la Fuente C, Galimany J, Kemp BM, Judd K, Reyes O, and
Moraga M.  “Ancient marine hunter-gatherers from Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego: diversity and differentiation using uniparentally inherited genetic markers.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology 158(4): 719-729.

2015 Halffman CM, Potter BA, McKinney HJ, Finney BP, Rodrigues AT, Yang DY, and Kemp BM.  “Early human use of anadromous salmon in North America at 11,500 y ago.” Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 112:12344-8.

2015 Raghavan M, Steinrucken M, Harris K, Schiffels S, Rasmussen S, DeGiorgio M, Albrechtsen A, Valdiosera C, Avila-Arcos MC, Malaspinas AS, Eriksson A, Moltke I, Metspalu M, Homburger JR, Wall J, Cornejo OE, Moreno-Mayar JV, Korneliussen TS, Pierre T, Rasmussen M, Campos PF, Damgaard PB, Allentoft ME, Lindo J, Metspalu E, Rodriguez-Varela R, Mansilla J, Henrickson C, Seguin-Orlando A, Malmstrom H, Stafford T, Jr., Shringarpure SS, Moreno-Estrada A, Karmin M, Tambets K, Bergstrom A, Xue Y, Warmuth V, Friend AD, Singarayer J, Valdes P, Balloux F, Leboreiro I, Vera JL, Rangel-Villalobos H, Pettener D, Luiselli D, Davis LG, Heyer E, Zollikofer CP, Ponce de Leon MS, Smith CI, Grimes V, Pike KA, Deal M, Fuller BT, Arriaza B, Standen V, Luz MF, Ricaut F, Guidon N, Osipova L, Voevoda MI, Posukh OL, Balanovsky O, Lavryashina M, Bogunov Y, Khusnutdinova E, Gubina M, Balanovska E, Fedorova S, Litvinov S, Malyarchuk B, Derenko M, Mosher MJ, Archer D, Cybulski J, Petzelt B, Mitchell J, Worl R, Norman PJ, Parham P, Kemp BM, Kivisild T, Tyler-Smith C, Sandhu MS, Crawford M, Villems R, Smith DG, Waters MR, Goebel T, Johnson JR, Malhi RS, Jakobsson M, Meltzer DJ, Manica A, Durbin R, Bustamante CD, Song YS, Nielsen R, and Willerslev E.  “Genomic evidence for the Pleistocene and recent population history of Native Americans.” Science 349:aab3884.

2015 Kemp BM, Lindo J, Bolnick DA, Malhi RS, and JC Chatters.  “Response to Comment on ‘Late Pleistocene human skeleton and mtDNA link Paleoamericans and modern Native Americans’”. Science 347: 835-b.

2015 Witt KE, Judd K, Grier C, Kohler TA, Ortman SG, Kemp BM, and Malhi RS.  “Analysis of ancient dogs of the Americas: Determining possible founding haplotypes and reconstructing population histories.” Journal of Human Evolution 79: 105-118.

2014 Kemp BM, Winters M, Monroe C, and Barta JL.  “How Much DNA is Lost? Measuring DNA Loss of Short-Tandem-Repeat Length Fragments Targeted by the PowerPlex 16® System Using the Qiagen MinElute Purification Kit. Human Biology 86:313-329.” Human Biology 86 (4).

2014 Dixon EJ, Heaton TH, Lee CM, Fifield TE, Coltrain JB, Kemp BM, Owsley DW, Parrish E, Turner C, Edgar HJH, Worl RK, Smith DG, and Farmer GL.  “Evidence of Maritime Adaptation and Coastal Migration from Southeast Alaska.” In DW Owsley and RL Jantz (eds.): Kennewick Man: The Scientific Investigation of an Ancient American Skeleton: Texas A&M University Press, pp. 537-548.

2014 Verdu P, Pemberton TJ, Laurent R, Kemp BM, Gonzalez-Oliver A, Gorodezky C, Hughes CE, Shattuck MR, Petzelt B, Mitchell J, Harry H, William T, Worl R, Cybulski JS, Rosenberg NA, and Malhi RS.  “Patterns of Admixture and Population Structure in Native Populations of Northwest North America.”  PLoS Genet 10:e1004530.

2014 Roulette CJ, Mann H, Kemp BM, Remiker M, Roulette JW, Hewlett BS, Kazanji M, Breurec S, Monchy D, Sullivan RJ, and Hagen EH.  “Tobacco use vs. helminths in Congo basin hunter-gatherers: self-medication in humans?” Evolution and Human Behavior 35: 397-407.

2014 Chatters JC, Kennett DJ, Asmerom Y, Kemp BM, Polyak V, Blank AN, Beddows PA, Reinhardt E, Arroyo-Cabrales J, Bolnick DA, Malhi RS, Culleton BJ, Erreguerena PL, Rissolo D, Morell-Hart S, and Stafford Jr. TW. “Late Pleistocene Human Skeleton and mtDNA Link Paleoamericans and Modern Native Americans.” Science 344:750-754.

2014 Barta JL, Monroe C, Teisberg JE, Winters M, Flanigan K, and Kemp BM.  “One of the Key Characteristics of Ancient DNA, Low Copy Number, May be a Product of its Extraction.” Journal of Archaeological Science 46: 281-289.

2014 Barta JL, Monroe C, Crockford SJ, and Kemp BM.  “Mitochondrial DNA Preservation Across 3000 Year Old Northern Fur Seal Ribs is Not Related to Bone Density: Implications for Forensic Investigations.” Forensic Science International 239:11-18.

2014 Kemp BM, Monroe C, Judd KG, Reams E, and Grier C. “Evaluation of Methods that Subdue the Effects of Polymerase Chain Reaction Inhibitors in the Study of Ancient and Degraded DNA.” Journal of Archaeological Science 42: 373-380.

2014 Moss ML, Judd KG, and Kemp BM. “Can salmonids (Oncorhynchus spp.) be identified to species using vertebral morphometrics?  A test using ancient DNA from Coffman Cove, Alaska.” Journal of Archaeological Science 41: 879-889.

2013 Villanea FA, Bolnick D, Monroe C, Worl R, Cambra R, Leventhal A, and Kemp BM. "Evolution of a Specific O Allele (O1vG542A) Supports Unique Ancestry of Native Americans". American Journal of Physical Anthropology 151:649-657.

2013 Barta JL, Monroe C, and Kemp BM. "Further Evaluation of the Efficacy of Contamination Removal From Bone Surfaces". Forensic Science International 231:340-348.

2013 Cui Y, Lindo J, Hughes CE, Johnson JW, Hernandez A, Kemp BM, Ma J, Cunningham R, Petzelt B, Mitchell J, Archer D, Cybulski JS, and Malhi RS. "Ancient DNA analysis of mid-Holocene individuals from the Northwest Coast of North America reveals different evolutionary paths for mitogenomes". PLoS One 8:e66948.

2013 Monroe C, Grier C, and Kemp BM.  “Evaluating the Efficacy of Various Thermo-Stable Polymerases Against Co-Extracted PCR Inhibitors in Ancient DNA Samples.”  Forensic Science International 288: 142-153.

2013 Monroe C, Kemp BM, and Smith DG.  “Exploring Prehistory in the North American Southwest with Mitochondrial DNA Diversity Exhibited by Yumans and Athapaskans.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology 150:618-631.

2013 Grier C, Flanigan K, Winters M, Jordan LG, Lukowski S, and Kemp BM.    “Using Ancient DNA Identification and Osteometric Measures of Archaeological Pacific Salmon Vertebrae for Reconstructing Salmon Fisheries and Site Seasonality at Dionisio Point, British Columbia.”  Journal of Archaeological Science 40: 544-555.

2012    Mata-Míguez J, Overholtzer L, Rodríguez-Alegría E, Kemp BM, and Bolnick DA.  “The Genetic Impact of Aztec Imperialism: Ancient Mitochondrial DNA Evidence from Xaltocan, Mexico.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology 147: 293-300.

2012  Jenkins DL, Davis LG, Stafford TW, Jr., Campos PF, Hockett B, Jones GT, Cummings LS, Yost C, Connolly TJ, Yohe RM, 2nd, Gibbons SC, Raghavan M, Rasmussen M, Paijmans JL, Hofreiter M, Kemp BM, Barta JL, Monroe C, Gilbert MT, and Willerslev E (2012) Clovis age Western Stemmed projectile points and human coprolites at the Paisley Caves. Science 337:223-8.

2012   Bolnick DA, Bonnie HM, Mata-Miguez J, Kemp BM, Snow MH, and LeBlanc SA. “Non-Destructive Sampling of Human Skeletal Remains Yields Ancient Nuclear and Mitochondrial DNA”.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology 147: 293-300.

2012   Johnson JR, Kemp BM, Monroe C, Lorenz JG.   “A Land of Diversity: Genetic Insights into Ancestral Origins.”  In Jones T and Perry JE (eds.) Contemporary Issues in California Archaeology pp: 49-72. [the book has been published by Left Coast Press]

2011   Lipe WD, Matson RG, and Kemp BM “New Insights from Old Collections: Cedar Mesa, Utah, Revisited.”  Southwestern Lore 77: 103-111.

2011   Wilson BJ, Crockford SJ, Johnson JW, Malhi RS, and Kemp BM “Genetic and archaeological evidence for a former breeding population of Aleutian cackling goose, Branta hutchinsii leucopareia, on Adak Island, central Aleutians, Alaska.”  Canadian Journal of Zoology 89: 732-743.

2011  Winters M, Barta JL, Monroe C, and Kemp BM “To clone or not to clone: Method analysis for retrieving consensus sequences in ancient DNA samples.”  PLoS One 6(6): e21247.

Earlier publications: 2010-2000



Our research has been published in journals and books of anthropology, archaeology, zoology, forensic science and history.

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