Hello and welcome back!

After many years in Oxford we have now relocated to beautiful Parma in the North of Italy!

We are relaunching this website, and we hope to update (relatively) soon the content introducing new people and new projects.

Our work covers a range of timescales and populations, from the initial spread of modern humans out of Africa to the peopling of Europe and the Mediterranean, and more recent migrations events and episodes of admixture. We aim to test hypotheses of dispersal and migration developed against an archaeological and historical background with data generated from the analysis of the DNA from modern and ancient populations.

Browsing around you will find an introduction to the various people that in one way or another have been working with us, and a description of the various projects currently ongoing in the lab.

Our focus remains human evolution, but we have now expanded our work on non-human primates.  Using genomic data we aim at reconstructing the patterns of population structure and admixture that characterise human and non-human populations, modern or from the past! In easy words we investigate genetic variation to address questions related to the history of our species, Homo sapiens (or so we try!).

If you are interested in joining our group, or collaborating, please get in touch via cristian.capelli@unipr.it. Enquires from graduates and undergraduates are welcome.

Rock art from Lesotho

Rock art from Lesotho (photo by Sarah Marks)