The MOBILE project will study the impact of mobility, contact and diet on the community genomics of traditionally hunter-gatherer populations in Indonesia. These communities are generally undergoing subsistence transitions and currently follow a range lifestyle practices. The project will consider the impact of these transitions and past lifestyle on diversity and evolution. MOBILE will generate social network and movement data and combine this with detailed human and microbiome genomics to understand how social interactions maintain community biological diversity in small, traditional societies. By bringing together the genetic study of diversity, demography and natural selection with novel remote sensing data, it will enriching our understanding of tropical forest hunter-gatherers and of the role of mobility as a force in human evolution more broadly.
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