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Evolutionary analysis beyond the gene









Kavli Royal Society Centre, Chicheley Hall, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, MK16 9JJ


Theo Murphy international scientific meeting organised by Professor Christopher Howe and Dr Jamie Tehrani

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This strongly interdisciplinary meeting reviewed how the principles of phylogenetic analysis can be applied to datasets other than DNA or protein, including linguistics, archaeology, behaviour, anthropology and literature. It identified the technical difficulties in this approach, and, with input from phylogenetics experts, suggested ways of dealing with the difficulties.

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Schedule of talks

Phylogenetics of language and culture.

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Evolution, language and archaeology: models and realities

Dr Paul Heggarty, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany

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Quantifying the legacy of cultural ancestry in the 21st century

Dr Quentin Atkinson, The University of Auckland, New Zealand

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Evolutionary analysis of languages

Professor Michael Dunn, Uppsala University, Sweden

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Concerted evolution in languages

Professor Mark Pagel FRS, University of Reading, UK

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Phylogenetics of written traditions

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Chair of Session 2

Professor Odd Einar Haugen, University of Bergen, Norway

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Phylogenetics and the scholarly tradition

Dr Barbara Bordalejo, KU Leuven, Belgium

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Copying, emergence, and digital reproduction

Professor Dr Michael Stolz, Universität Bern, Switzerland

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Scribes, scholars, computers. On the usefulness of computer-aided stemmatology for a medievalist

Dr Tuomas Heikkilä, Institutum Romanum Finlandiae, Italy

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Evolutionary trends in Sanskrit literature: remarks on textual genomics

Dr Wendy Phillips-Rodriguez, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico

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Folklore, music and technology

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Descent with Imagination: Folktale Phylogenetics

Dr Jamie Tehrani, University of Durham, UK

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Comparative phylogenetic methods reveal an ancient origin for traditional Indo-European folktales

Dr Sara Silva, New University of Lisbon, Portugal

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'A favorite lesson': A Phylogenetic Analysis of Orlando Gibbons' Prelude in G

Dr Heather Windram, University of Cambridge, UK

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Human cultural evolutionary processes in comparative perspective

Professor Mark Collard, Simon Fraser University, Canada

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Powers and pitfalls of phylogenetic network methods

Professor Vincent Moulton, University of East Anglia, UK

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Future directions and challenges

Professor Chris Howe, University of Cambridge, UK

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Crunching numbers for historical data analysis: two examples of phylomemetic studies using statistical methods

Professor Teemu Roos, University of Helsinki, Finland

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Roundtable discussion

Professor Michael O’Brien, University of Missouri, USA

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Evolutionary analysis beyond the gene Kavli Royal Society Centre, Chicheley Hall Newport Pagnell Buckinghamshire MK16 9JJ
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