Molecular archaeology: People, animals, and plants of the holy land

Marina Faerman, Gila Kahila Bar-Gal, Israel Hershkovitz, Mark Spigelman, Charles L. Greenblatt

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Abstract

Scientists, by employing various innovative techniques, have succeeded to put the "flesh back on the bones" of people, animals, and plants of prehistoric and historic Israel. Classic morphometrics and modern molecular genetics, epidemiology and botany, biblical texts and archaeological contexts - every single piece of information becomes crucial when individual and/or population life histories are considered. Analysis of DNA recovered from fossils has added a new dimension to our understanding of human evolution and population movements, disease patterns and host-pathogen relationships, and plant and animal domestication.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-230
Number of pages14
JournalIsrael Journal of Earth Sciences
Volume56
Issue number2-4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007

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