This list contains publications by our Lab members (bold) related to Ancient DNA, Population History / Ecology & Evolutionary Genetics.


Aronsen GP, Fehren-Schmitz L, Krigbaum J, Kamenov GD, Conlogue GJ, Warinner C, et al. (2019) “The dead shall be raised”: Multidisciplinary analysis of human skeletons reveals complexity in 19th century immigrant socioeconomic history and identity in New Haven, Connecticut. PLoS ONE 14(9): e0219279.

Barbieri C, Barquera R, Arias L, Sandoval JR, Acosta O, Zurita C, Aguilar-Campos A, Tito-Álvarez AM, Serrano-Osuna R, Gray R, Mafessoni F, Heggarty P, Shimizu KP, Fujita R, Stoneking M, Pugach I, Fehren-Schmitz L (2019) The current genomic landscape of western South America: Andes, Amazonia and Pacific Coast, Molecular Biology and Evolution, , msz174,

Prieto G, Verano JW, Goepfert N, Quilter J, LeBlanc S, Kennett D, Fehren-Schmitz L, Forst J, Lund M, Dement B, Dufour E, Tombret O, Calmon M, Gadison D, Tschinkel K  (2019) A mass sacrifice of children and camelidsat the Huanchaquito-Las Llamas site, Moche Valley, Peru. PLoS ONE 14(3):e0211691. 10.1371/journal.pone.0211691


Barbieri C, Barquera R, Arias R, Sandoval JS, Acosta O, Fujita R, Zurita R, Shimizu KK, Heggarty P, Gray R, Stoneking M, Pugach I, Fehren-Schmitz L (2018) The genomic landscape of western South America: Andes, Amazonia, and Pacific Coast. BioRxiv, DOI:

Posth C, Nakatsuka N, Skoglund P ,  Swapan Mallick S, Lamnidis TC, Rohland N, Nägele K, Adamski N, Bertolini E, Broomandkhoshbacht N , Cooper N, Culleton BJ , Ferraz da Silva T , Ferry M , Furtwängler A, Haak W, Harkins K,  Harper TK, Hünemeier T, Lawson AM , Llamas B, …, Fehren-Schmitz L+, Krause J +, Reich D+ (2018) Reconstructing the Deep Population History of Central- and South America. CELL, DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2018.10.027

Potter BA, Baichtal JF, Beaudoin AB, Fehren-Schmitz L, Haynes CV, Holliday VT, Holmes CE, Ives JW, Kelly R, Llamas B, Malhi R, Miller S, Reich D, Reuther JD, Schiffels S, Surovell T (2018) Current evidence allows multiple models for the Peopling of the Americas. Science Advances 4: eaat5473. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aat5473

Jobin M, Schurz H, Henn BM (2018) IMPUTOR: Phylogenetically Aware Software for Imputation of Errors in Next-Generation Sequencing, Genome Biology and Evolution, Volume 10, Issue 5, 1 May 2018: 1248–1254,

Fehren-Schmitz, L (in press.). Isolation by distance in The International Encyclopedia of Biological Anthropology. Wenda Trevathan (ed).  John Wiley and Sons, Inc. (In press)

Tomasto-Cagigao E, Lindauer S, Fehren-Schmitz L (2018) El hombre de Lauricocha medio siglo después. In: Solar Labarthe SAJ (Eds.) II Congreso Nacional De Arqueologia Vol. II. Ministerio de Cultura Peru, Lima: 191-201.

Shamoon-Pour M, Fehren-Schmitz L, Merriwether DA, Reid B (in press.) Mitochondrial HVR1 Sequences of Pre-Contact human remains from the Red House Site, Trinidad-Tobago. In: Reid B (eds) An Archaeological Study of the Red House, Port of SPain, Trinidad Tobago. The Univ. of West Indies Press, Trinidad: 40-52


Eerkens JW, Washburn E,  Greenwald AM (2017) Weaning and Early Childhood Diets at Two Early Period Sites: Implications for Parental Investment and Population Growth in Central California, California Archaeology, 9:2, 199-222, DOI: 10.1080/1947461X.2017.1391469

Forst J, Brown T (2017) A case study: was Private William Braine of the 1845 Frnaklin Expedition a vicitm of tuberculosis? ARCTIC: http://dx/

Fehren-Schmitz L, Jarman C, Harkins K, Kayser M, Popp B, Skoglund P (2017) Genetic Ancestry of Rapanui before and after European Contact. Current Biology:

Rothhammer F, Fehren-Schmitz L, Puddu G, Capriles J (2017) Mitochondrial DNA haplogroup variation of contemporary mixed South Americans reveals prehistoric displacements linked to archaeologically-derived culture-history.  Am J Hum Biol.: e23029,

Llamas B, Harkins KM, Fehren-Schmitz L (2017) Using diachronic mitochondrial genome data sets to infer a precise chronology of the peopling of the Americas. Quaternary International, DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2017.04.040

Fehren-Schmitz L, Harkins KM, Llamas B (2017) A Paleogenetic Perspective on the Early Population History of the High Altitude Andes. Quaternary International, DOI:10.1016/j.quaint.2017.01.003

Kuzmisnky S, Coonerty N, Fehren-Schmitz L (2017) A reassessment of the human cranial indices through the Holocene and its implications for the peopling of South America. Journal of Archaeological Sciences: Reports 11: 709–716.


Fehren-Schmitz L (in press) Genetics. In: Pearce A, Heggarty P, Beresford-Jones D (Eds.) Rethinking the Andes-Amazonia ´Divide´: A Cross-Disciplinary Exploration. Oxford Publishing: ***-***.

Llamas B, Valverde G, Fehren-Schmitz L, Weyrich LS, Cooper A, Haak W (2016) From the field to the laboratory: Controlling DNA contamination in ancient DNA research in the high-throughput sequencing era. STAR-Science and Technology in Archaeological Research

Fehren-Schmitz L*, Kapp J*, Ziegler K*, Harkins  KM, Aronson GP, Conlogue G (2016) An Investigation into the Effects of X-ray on the Recovery of Ancient DNA from Skeletal Remains. Journal of Archaeological Sciences, DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2016.10.005

Harkins KM, Schwartz RS , Cartwright RA , Stone AC (2016) Phylogenomic reconstruction supports supercontinent origins for Leishmania. Infection, Genetics and Evolution 38: 101-109.

Stone  AC,  Motti J, Harkins KM, Garcia Laborde P, Valenzuela LO, Cuello M,  Nieves Colon MA,  Buikstra JE, Bravi CM, Guichon RA (2016) Ancient DNA and isotope analyses from Mision Salesiana, Tierra del Fuego. AmJPhysAnthropol 159: 304-304.

Verdugo C, Washburn E, Kassadjikova K, Harkins KM, Fehren-Schmitz L (2016) Ancient DNA clarifies Osteological Analyses of Commingled Remains from Midnight Terror Cave, Belize. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology: doi: 10.1002/oa.2550

Valverde G, Barreto MI, Flores Espinoza I, Cooper A, Fehren-Schmitz L, Llamas B, Haak W (2016) Ancient DNA analysis suggests negligible impact of the Wari Empire expansion in Peru’s Central Coast during the Middle Horizon. PlosOne 11(6): e0155508.

Llamas B*, Fehren-Schmitz L*, Valverde G, Soubrier J, Mallick S, Rohland N, Nordenfelt S, Valdiosera C, Richards SM, Rohrlach A, Barreto Romero MI, Flores Espinoza I, Tomasto Cagigao E, Watson Jiménez L, Makowski K, Leboreiro Reyna IS, Mansilla Lory J, Ballivián Torrez JA, Rivera MA, Burger RL, Ceruti MC, Reinhard J, Wells RS, Politis G, Santoro CM, Standen VG, Smith C, Reich D, Ho SYW, Cooper A, Haak W (2016) Ancient DNA provides high-resolution timescale of the peopling of the Americas. Scientific Advances 2:

Fehren-Schmitz L,  Georges L (2016) Ancient DNA reveals selection acting on genes associated with hypoxia response in pre-Columbian Peruvian Highlanders in the last 8500 years. Scientific Reports 6: 23485; doi: 10.1038/srep23485.


Lindauer S, Tomasto E, Fehren-Schmitz L (2015) The Skeletons of Lauricocha: New Dates on Old Bones. Journal of Archaeological Sciences: Reports 4:387-394.

DeRubira A, Georges L, Fehren-Schmitz L (2015) Ancient DNA reveals that the variability of the DRD4 -521 C/T SNP associated with Novelty Seeking Behavior is influenced by selection in Western South American populations. Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology, DOI: 10.1007/s40750-015-0033-5.

Harkins, K.M., Bos, K.I., Herbig, A., Coscolla, M., Buikstra, J.E., Gagneux, S., Krause, J. and Stone, A.C., 2015, March. Genomic analysis of pre-Columbian tuberculosis from the New World. In AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY (Vol. 156, pp. 159-159).

Fehren-Schmitz L, Llamas B, Lindauer S, Tomasto-Cagigao E, Kuzminsky S, Rohland N, et al. (2015) A Re-Appraisal of the Early Andean Human Remains from Lauricocha in Peru. PLoS ONE 10(6): e0127141. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0127141

Schwartz RS, Harkins KM, Stone AC,  Cartwright RA. 2015. A composite genome approach to identify phylogenetically informative data from next-generation sequencing. BMC Bioinformatics 2015, 16:193


Tomasto-Cagigao E, Lund M, Jaime-Castillo L, Fehren-Schmitz L: Human Sacrifice – A view from San Jose de Moro. In: Haagen Klaus and Marla Toyne (eds.) Human Sacrifice on the North Coast of Peru: New Perspectives from Diachronic and Multidisciplinary Studies of Skeletal Remains. University of Texas Press, Austin: 291-315.

Bos KI, Harkins KM, Herbig A, Coscolla M, Weber N, Comas I, Forrest SA, Bryant JM, Harris SR, Schuenemann VJ, Campbell TJ, Majander K, Wilbur AK, Guichon RA, Wolfe Steadman DL, Cook DC, Niemann S, Behr MA, Zumarraga M, Bastida R, Huson D, Nieselt K, Young D, Parkhill J, Buikstra JE, Gagneux S, Stone AC, Krause J. 2014. Pre-Columbian mycobacterial genomes reveal seals as a source of New World human tuberculosis. Nature 514: 494–497.

Harkins KM, Buikstra JE, Campbell T, Bos KI, Johnson ED, Krause J, Stone AC. 2015. Screening ancient tuberculosis with qPCR: challenges and opportunities. Philos.trans.r.soc.l B BiolSci 370:20130622.

Harkins KM, Stone AC. 2014. Ancient pathogen genomics: insights into timing and adaptation. J Hum Evol doi: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2014.11.002.

Coutinho A, Valverde G, Fehren-Schmitz L, Cooper A, Barreto-Romero MI, Flores-Espinoza I, Llamas B, Haak W (2014) AmericaPlex26: A SNaPshot multiplex system for genotyping the main human mitochondrial founder lineages of the Americas. PLoS ONE 9(3): e93292.

Fehren-Schmitz L, Haak W, Maechtle B, Llamas B, Masch F, Tomasto-Cagigao E, Sossna V, Schittek K, Isla-Cuadrado J, Eitel B, Reindel M (2014) Climate change underlies global demographic, genetic and cultural transitions in pre-Columbian southern Peru. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 111 (26): 9443-9448.


Fehren-Schmitz L, Llamas B, Tomasto-Cagigao E, Haak W (2013) ADN antiguo y la historia del poblamiento temprano de la parte oeste de Sudamérica. lo que hemos aprendido y hacia dónde vamos. Boletin de Arqueología PUCP 15, 17-42.


Fehren-Schmitz L (2012) Population Dynamics, Cultural Evolution and Climate Change in pre-Columbian western South America. In: Burger J, Kaiser E & Schier W (Eds.) Population dynamics in Pre- and Early History. New Approaches by using Stable Isotopes and Genetics. De Gruyter, Berlin: 57-76.

Lee EJ, Makarewicz C, Renneberg R, Krause-Kyora B, Ostritz S, Fehren-Schmitz L, Müller J, Wurmb-Schwark N, Nebel A (2012) Emerging genetic patterns of the European Neolithic: perspectives from a late Neolithic Bell Beaker burial site in Germany. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol. DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.22074

Seidenberg V, Schilz F, Pfister D, Georges L, Fehren-Schmitz L, Hummel, S (2012) A heptaplex miniSTR system for the analysis of heavily degraded DNA. Journal of Archaeological Science DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2012.05.019

Georges L, Seidenberg V, Hummel S, Fehren-Schmitz L (2012), Molecular characterization of ABO blood group frequencies in pre-Columbian Peruvian highlanders. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.22115


O´Fallon B, Fehren-Schmitz L (2011) Native Americans Experienced a Strong Population Bottleneck Coincident with European Contact. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 108 (51): 20444-20448.

Grumbkow P, Zipp A, Seidenberg V, Fehren-Schmitz L, Kempf VAJ, Groß U, Hummel S (2011) Evidence of Bartonella quintana infections in skeletons of a historical mass grave in Kassel, Germany. Am J Phys Anthropol 146: 134–137.

Fehren-Schmitz L, Warnberg O, Reindel M, Seidenberg V, Isla J, Tomasto E, Hummel S, Herrmann B (2011) Diachronic investigations of mitochondrial and Y-chromsomal genetic markers in pre-Columbian Andean Highlanders from South Peru. Annals of Human Genetics, 75: 266–283.


Fehren-Schmitz L, Reindel M, Tomasto Cagigao E, Hummel S, Herrmann B (2010) Pre-Columbian Population Dynamics in Coastal Southern Peru: A Diachronic Investigation of mtDNA Patterns in the Palpa Region by Ancient DNA Analysis. Am J Phys Anthrop 141: 208-221

Fehren-Schmitz L (2010) Dinamica poblacional y desarollo cultural en la costa sur peruana precolombina revelados por medio de analisis de ADN antiguo. Boletin de Arqueología PUCP 14: 329-349.

Kaulicke P, Fehren-Schmitz L, Kolp-Godoy M, Landa P, Loyola O, Palma M, Tomasto E, Vergel C,Vogt B (2009) IMPLICANCIAS DE UN AREA FUNERARIA DEL PERIODO FORMATIVO TARDÍO EN EL DEPARTAMENTO DE ICA. Boletin de Arqueología PUCP 13: 289-321.

Herrmann B, Schilz F, Fehren-Schmitz L, Renneberg R, Pollmann J, Hummel S (2007) The Bone as an Molecular Archive. Acta Nova Leopoldina N.F. 94: 21-27.

Fehren-Schmitz L, Hummel S, Herrmann B (2009) Who were the Nasca? Population dynamics in pre-Columbian Southern Peru revealed by ancient DNA analyses. In: Markus Reindel, Günther Wagner (Hrsg.) New Technologies for Archaeology: Multidisciplinary Investigations in Palpa and Nasca, Peru. Springer, Heidelberg – New York, pp 159-171

Fehren-Schmitz L (2008) Paleogenetic Investigations to reconstruct the pre-Columbian Settlement History of South Peru. (Molekularanthropologische Untersuchungen zur präkolumbischen Besiedlungsgeschichte des südlichen Perus am Beispiel der Palpa-Region). PH. D. Thesis, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University Göttingen. University of Goettingen Press, Goettingen

Herrmann B, Großkopf G, Fehren-Schmitz L, Schoon R (2007) Bones as Source for Biological Traces. In: B. Herrmann, K.-S. Saternus (Hrsg.) Biologische Spurenkunde Bd. 1: Kriminaltechnik. Springer, Heidelberg, pp 115-144.

Fehren-Schmitz L, Herrmann B, Hölzl S, Horn P, Rossmann A (2004) Molekulare und Isotopische Anthropologie zur Rekonstruktion vorspanischer Lebensumstände in Palpa / La antropología molecular e isotópica al servicio de la reconstrucción de las condiciones de vida prehispánicas en Palpa”. Neue naturwissenschaftliche Methoden und Technologien für die archäologische Forschung in Palpa, Peru / Nuevos métodos y tecnologías para la investigación arqueológica en Palpa, Perú. Reindel M; Wagner GA (eds.). Publikation zur Feldkonferenz des Projektverbundes “Nasca: Entwicklung und Adaption archäometrischer Techniken zur Erforschung der Kulturgeschichte”. BMBF, Lima, pp 31-34.


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