E-P18.02 - Reconstructing the human population history of the Indian subcontinent using ancient population genomics C14.5 - Complex spatio-temporal distribution and genogeographic affinity of mitochondrial DNA haplogroups in 24,216 Danes E-P18.03 - Genomic analysis of ethnic regions in Armenia E-P18.21 - Detailed study of the genetic structure of the Volga-Ural region populations P18.28D - The migrations and barriers that shaped the Central Asian Y-chromosomal poolI don't have the time right now to do a detailed search of the database, so there might be many more titles that deserve attention. Feel free to post your favorite abstract in the comments below. Update 13/05/2017: The Rai at el. abstract is up. It doesn't reveal any results, but it does list the types of ancient samples that they're testing. Emphasis is mine.
The more than 1.3 billion people who live in Indian subcontinent correspond to several large ethnic groups who are highly diverse and complex. Importantly, India’s genetic past remains a subject a great debate due to numerous hypotheses surrounding population origins and migrations within and from outside India. In order to reconstruct and explain the patterns of genetic diversity evident in modern humans, an understanding of both past and present population dynamics is crucial. Several studies have shown that genetic data from ancient individuals are indispensable when reconstructing past population histories. We for the first time use the ancient genomics approach in South Asia to reconstruct the complex human population history of Indian Sub continent. We are exploring the recent technological advancement to directly test these hypotheses using ancient and modern human DNA in India. We have collected several ancient skeletal remains from different time scale of human civilization ranging from early Mesolithic, Neolithic, Harappan (Indus Valley civilization) and Megalithic culture. With the whole/partial genome NGS data, we are reconstructing the prehistoric peopling and migration of modern human in the Indian subcontinent. We are also testing the pervasive founder events and gradient of recessive genes accumulation by comparing the ancient genome with the modern human population of India.