Greger Larson

Prof Greger Larson

Director Palaeogenomics & Bio-Archaeology Research Network

Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art
Dyson Perrins Building, South Parks Rd, Oxford, OX1 3QY

phone: 01865 611745

fax: 01865 285220


Project Websites

Palaeo-BARN Main Website -

Palaeo-BARN Archaeology Web Page -

Research Interests

  • Evolutionary Genomics
  • Ancient DNA
  • Domestication
  • Human and Animal dispersal
  • Phylogenetics

Current Grants

Cultural and Scientific Perceptions of Human-Chicken Interactions

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AH/L006979/1)

Unifying Domestication and Evolutionary Biology through Ancient DNA (UNDEAD)

European Research Council (ERC-2013-StG 337574-UNDEAD)           

Deciphering dog domestication through a combined ancient DNA and geometric morphometric approach

Natural Environment Research Council, UK (NE/K005243/1 and NE/K003259/1)


D. Phil., Henry Wellcome Ancient Biomolecules Centre, Dept. of Zoology, University of Oxford 2006

Ph.D. student, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado 2002

M. St., World Archaeology, Dept. of Archaeology, University of Oxford 2000

BA., Environment, Economics, & Politics, Claremont McKenna College, California 1996

Selected Publications

Larson, G. & Fuller, D. Q. The Evolution of Animal Domestication. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 45, 115-136, (2014).

Flink, L. G., Allen, R., Barnett, R., Malmström, H., Peters, J., Eriksson, J., Andersson, L., Dobney, K. & Larson, G. Establishing the validity of domestication genes using DNA from ancient chickens. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111, 6184-6189, (2014).

Ottoni, C., Girdland Flink, L., Evin, A., Geörg, C., De Cupere, B., Van Neer, W., Bartosiewiczl, L., Linderholm, A., Barnett, R., Peters, J., Decorte, R., Waelkens, M., Vanderheyden, N., Ricaut, F.-X., Hoelzel, A. R., Mashkour, M., Karimluh, A. F. M., Senoh, S. S., Daujat, J., Brock, F., Pinhasi, R., Hongo, H., Perez-Enciso, M., Rasmussen, M., Frantz, L. A. F., Megens, H.-J., Crooijmans, R. P. M. A., Groenen, M. A. M., Arbuckle, B., Benecke, N., Strand Vidarsdottir, U., Burger, J., Cucchi, T., Dobney, K. D. & Larson, G. Pig domestication and human-mediated dispersal in western Eurasia revealed through ancient DNA and geometric morphometrics. Molecular Biology & Evolution 30, 824–832, (2013).

Larson, G., Karlsson, E. K., Perri, A., Webster, M. T., Hoe, S. Y. W., Peters, J., Stahl, P. W., Piper, P. J., Lingaas, F., Fredholm, M., K.E., C., Modiano, J. F., Schellingo, C., Agoulni, A. L., Leegwater, P. A., Dobney, K., Vignes, J.-D., Vilà, C., Andersson, L. & Lindblad-Toh, K. Rethinking dog domestication by integrating genetics, archeology, and biogeography. Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences Of The United States of America 109, 8878-8883, (2012).

Ho, S. Y. & Larson, G. Molecular clocks: when times are a-changin'. Trends In Genetics 22, 79-83, (2006).

Larson, G., Dobney, K., Albarella, U., Fang, M. Y., Matisoo-Smith, E., Robins, J., Lowden, S., Finlayson, H., Brand, T., Willerslev, E., Rowley-Conwy, P., Andersson, L. & Cooper, A. Worldwide phylogeography of wild boar reveals multiple centers of pig domestication. Science 307, 1618-1621, (2005).