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HOPE the blue whale skeleton

A Special Topic Network (STN) generously funded by the European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB).

Evolution is typically a process rather than an event, and as such progresses over time and is thus best studied by sampling time series data, rather than sampling at a single time point. However, the timescales of many evolutionary processes are greater than the lifespans of those of us studying them. Therefore, evolutionary genetics studies would be well served by retrospectively sampling across evolutionary timescales by using ancient DNA (aDNA) techniques. Our Special Topic Network brings together leaders in the field of aDNA laboratory work; developers of new data analyses tools for handling the peculiarities of genomic sequence data from ancient samples and time-series data; and empiricists working with time-series samples that would benefit from the application of these ancient DNA protocols.