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Professor Wang Chuanchao's lecture on "Re-examining the Hypothesis of Co-proliferation of Agriculture and Language Using Ancient DNA Evidence" held in the School of Geography

Ancient DNA refers to DNA molecules derived from ancient biological remains. Ancient DNA research has been a hot spot in environmental archaeology in recent years, and it has played an important role in geography, archaeology and linguistics. Professor Wang Chuanchao, Director of the Institute of Anthropology, Xiamen University, is a famous scholar in the field of ancient DNA in my country. On the afternoon of November 13, our school specially invited Professor Wang Chuanchao to give a wonderful academic report to the teachers and students of our school with the topic of "Re-examining the Hypothesis of Agriculture and Language Co-proliferation Using Ancient DNA Evidence".

Professor Wang Chuanchao is a professor, doctoral supervisor and director of the Institute of Anthropology, Xiamen University, and the secretary-general of the Chinese Anthropological Society; a doctorate in human biology from Fudan University, a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and the Max Planck Institute in Germany. Many achievements have been made in the field of molecular anthropology. As the first author or corresponding author, he has published more than 30 SCI, SSCI and A&HCI papers in Science, Nature Communications and other domestic and foreign journals, and has been cited more than 1,500 times. The editorial board member of the Journal of Anthropology, etc. The research results are widely reported by many well-known national media such as CCTV News Network, CCTV News Channel, Discovery, China Social Science News, China Science News.

First, Professor Wang Chuanchao briefly introduced the past and present of ancient DNA research. Ancient DNA research is an emerging field developed based on molecular biology technology. The ancient DNA research can analyze the lineage of ancient organisms, molecular evolution theory, the origin and migration of human beings, and the domestication and domestication of animals and plants. In recent years, with the innovation of ancient DNA technology, paleogenomics data is changing our view of human history. The most important and representative one is the test of the hypothesis of co-proliferation of agriculture and language. Then, Professor Wang Chuanchao explained four vivid and concrete examples of the discovery of the origin of Yersinia pestis, the spread of Pan-Eurasian languages and agricultural spread, the spread of Sino-Tibetan languages and agricultural spread, and the spread of Austronesian languages and agricultural spread. From the perspectives of archaeological evidence, linguistic evidence, and ancient DNA evidence, the relationship and causes of the co-proliferation of agriculture and language are explained from multiple perspectives, multiple disciplines, and multiple perspectives.

After the report, Prof. Wang also gave serious answers to the questions raised by the teachers and students. The whole lecture ended with warm applause from the audience. The lecture was hosted by Associate Professor Jia Xin of our school. More than 30 teachers, graduate students, and undergraduates from Nanjing University and the School of Geography, the School of Social Development and the School of Life Sciences of our school attended the lecture.