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Natural Trap Cave presentation coming to Cody

The Bureau of Land Management Cody Field Office will host a program exploring current research in Natural Trap Cave on July 13 at the Park County Library in Cody. Professor Alan Cooper will present “Tales from Natural Trap Cave: Using Ancient DNA to Study Climate Change, Extinct Species and the History of North America” at 6:30 p.m. in the Grizzly Room. Professor Cooper is a member of the international team of scientists currently conducting its third field season of cave study and excavation at Natural Trap Cave, located in the northern Bighorn Mountains, northeast of Lovell. Professor Cooper has played a central role in the development of the field of ancient DNA. He created the Henry Wellcome Ancient Biomolecules Centre at the University of Oxford and was professor of ancient biomolecules from 2001-2005. He established the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA at the University of Adelaide and is now an Australian Research Council laureate fellow. Professor Cooper’s research interests include the use of ancient genetic data and analytical approaches to study key evolutionary processes— including genomic responses to past climate and environmental changes, extinction events, human evolution and migration, microbiomes and disease—across a broad range of timescales and biogeography. His multi-disciplinary focus integrates data from genomics, bioinformatics, zoology, archaeology, microbiology, forensics, palaeontology, physical dating methods and climate records. #reboot #dally #news