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Exploiting the Genomic Record of Living Biota to Reconstruct the Landscape Evolution of South Central Africa

The project combines Next Generation DNA sequencing of selected fish groups in rivers of Northern Zambia and Katanga (Dem. Rep. Congo), done by cooperation partners in Munich and Stellenbosch (South Africa), with surface exposure dating of key landforms, notably waterfalls. The ultimate aim is to provide a “calibration base” of molecular clocks of fish species, which could later serve in turn to date landscape forms not directly amenable to geologic dating methods.

Project details

Duration of project: 2015 - 2020

Funding:  Volkswagen Foundation

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