After her PhD at the National Museum of Natural History of Paris (France) on the use of animals in central Mexico, Aurelie has been a postdoctoral researcher at the University of York for three years, first as a Fyssen Foundation fellow and then as a Marie Curie Research Fellow, investigating changing patterns of animal husbandry, especially through the study of the turkey and its travel from America to Europe. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher on the NERC-funded project entitled “The consequences of gene flow between wild and domestic populations during livestock evolution”.
Canis spp. identification in central Mexico and its archaeological implications: toward a better understanding of the ecology and the cultural role of canids in ancient Mesoamerica
Manin, A, Evin, A
Boudadi-Maligne, M, Mallye, J-B
Relations hommes – canidés de la préhistoire aux périodes modernes
Reflexiones preliminares sobre la introducción de las practicas ganaderas europeas en una comunidad rural mesoamericana en la Nueva España
Lefebvre, K, Manin, A
Can we identify the Mexican hairless dog in the archaeological record? Morphological and genetic insights from Tizayuca, Basin of Mexico
Manin, A, Ollivier, M, Bastian, F, Zazzo, A, Tombret, O, Equihua Manrique, JC, Lefèvre, C
Journal of Archaeological Science
The evolutionary history of dogs in the Americas.
Ní Leathlobhair, M, Perri, AR, Irving-Pease, EK, Witt, KE, Linderholm, A, Haile, J, Lebrasseur, O, Ameen, C, Blick, J, Boyko, AR, Brace, S, Cortes, YN
Science (New York, N.Y.)
Dogs were present in the Americas before the arrival of European colonists, but the origin and fate of these precontact dogs are largely unknown. We sequenced 71 mitochondrial and 7 nuclear genomes from ancient North American and Siberian dogs from time frames spanning ~9000 years. Our analysis indicates that American dogs were not derived from North American wolves. Instead, American dogs form a monophyletic lineage that likely originated in Siberia and dispersed into the Americas alongside people. After the arrival of Europeans, native American dogs almost completely disappeared, leaving a minimal genetic legacy in modern dog populations. The closest detectable extant lineage to precontact American dogs is the canine transmissible venereal tumor, a contagious cancer clone derived from an individual dog that lived up to 8000 years ago.
Diversity of management strategies in Mesoamerican turkeys: archaeological, isotopic and genetic evidence.
Manin, A, Corona-M, E, Alexander, M, Craig, A, Thornton, EK, Yang, DY, Richards, M, Speller, CF
R Soc Open Sci
The turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) represents one of the few domestic animals of the New World. While current research points to distinct domestication centres in the Southwest USA and Mesoamerica, several questions regarding the number of progenitor populations, and the timing and intensity of turkey husbandry remain unanswered. This study applied ancient mitochondrial DNA and stable isotope (δ13C, δ15N) analysis to 55 archaeological turkey remains from Mexico to investigate pre-contact turkey exploitation in Mesoamerica. Three different (sub)species of turkeys were identified in the archaeological record (M. g. mexicana, M. g. gallopavo and M. ocellata), indicating the exploitation of diverse local populations, as well as the trade of captively reared birds into the Maya area. No evidence of shared maternal haplotypes was observed between Mesoamerica and the Southwest USA, in contrast with archaeological evidence for trade of other domestic products. Isotopic analysis indicates a range of feeding behaviours in ancient Mesoamerican turkeys, including wild foraging, human provisioning and mixed feeding ecologies. This variability in turkey diet decreases through time, with archaeological, genetic and isotopic evidence all pointing to the intensification of domestic turkey management and husbandry, culminating in the Postclassic period.
ancient DNA analysis, animal domestication, archaeology, isotope analysis, turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)