Bridging the European and Anatolian Neolithic
Bridging the European
and Anatolian Neolithic
Demography, migration, and lifestyle
at the advent of civilisation

Mark Thomas

Tracing genes and culture through the Neolithic

Mark Thomas is professor of evolutionary genetics at the Research Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment, University College London. His main interests are in interdisciplinary approaches to inferring demographic and evolutionary processes in humans, particularly using ancient and modern DNA data and computer simulation modelling. He has used these approaches to examine the origins and demographic histories of a number of population groups from around the world with a particular focus on Africa, the Middle East and Europe. He has also worked on modelling cultural evolution to better understand the accumulation of skills and technologies that underlie the transition to behavioural modernity and processes of change in the material culture record, on the gene-culture co-evolution of lactase persistence and dairying, and on the evolution of disease susceptibility.

Selected Publications

Powell A, Shennan S, Thomas MG. 2009. Late Pleistocene demography and the appearance of modern human behaviour. Science 324: 1298–1301.

Itan Y, Powell A, Beaumont M, Burger J, Thomas MG. 2009. The origins of lactase persistence in Europe. PLoS Computational Biology 5: e1000491

Collard M, Edinborough K, Shennan S, Thomas MG. 2010. Radiocarbon evidence indicates that migrants introduced farming to Britain. Journal of Archaeological Science 37: 866–870.

Supervised projects

Molecular and Cultural Evolution Lab Research Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment
Darwin Building
Gower Street
United Kingdom
University College London