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Fages Antoine

Fages Antoine

Status : Post-doctoral researcher
Laboratoire AMIS, Université Toulouse III Paul Sabatier

Contact :
Email address : antoine.fages(a)
Phone number : +5-61-14-55-14

Research Topics
My research aims at building on the latest advances in the analysis of ancient DNA molecules to gather genomic information from ancient horses in order to track how humans transformed the horse. Starting from the characterization of pre-domestic populations of wild horses, the goal will be to evaluate the impact of early and late domestication stages on the horse genome.

Ongoing research

1) Evaluate the impact of early domestication on the horse’ genome
2) Evaluate how much spoke-wheels and heavy cavalry changed the evolutionary trajectory of horses
3) Compare the adaptive signatures detected in different past sociocultural contexts to test whether similar characteristics and management strategies were developed

Academic background and research experiences
- 2018-present Post-doctoral position in ancient horse genomics, Université de Toulouse III Paul Sabatier (France)
- 2015-2018 PhD in evolutionary palaeogenomics, University of Copenhagen (Denmark), Université de Toulouse III Paul Sabatier (France)
- 2015 Master of research, University College London (UK)
- 2014 Diplôme d’ingénieur, Ecole Polytechnique (France)

Fages A*, Hanghoej K*, Khan N*, et al, 2019. Tracking five millennia of horse management with extensive ancient genome time series. Cell, Volume 177, Issue 6, p1419-1435.
Gaunitz C*, Fages A*, et al, 2018. Ancient genomes revisit the ancestry of domestic and Przewalski’s horses. Science, Volume 360, Issue 6384, p111-114.
Taylor W, Shnaider S, Abdykanova A, Fages A, et al, 2018. Early pastoral economies along the Ancient Silk Road : Biomolecular evidence from the Alay Valley, Kyrgyzstan. PLOS ONE.
Librado P, Gamba C, Gaunitz C, Der Sarkissian C, Pruvost M, Albrechtsen A, Fages A, et al, 2017. Ancient genomic changes associated with domestication of the horse. Science, Volume 356, Issue 6336, p442-445.
Day JJ, Fages A, Brown KJ, Vreven E, Stiassny MLJ, Bills R, Friel JP, Ruber L, 2017. Multiple independent colonizations into the Congo Basin during the continental radiation of African Mastacembelus spiny eels. Journal of Biogeography, Volume 44, issue 10, p2308-2318.
Librado P, Fages A, Gaunitz C, Leonardi M, Wagner S, Khan N, Hanghoj K, Alquraishi SA, Alfarhan AH, Al-Rasheid KA, Der Sarkissian C, Schubert M, Orlando L, 2016. The Evolutionary Origin and Genetic Makeup of Domestic Horses. GENETICS, Volume 204, Issue 2, p423-434.
Schubert M, Mashkour M, Gaunitz C, Fages A et al. 2016. Zonkey : A simple, accurate and sensitive pipeline to genetically identify equine F1-hybrids in archaeological assemblages. Journal of Archaeological Science, Volume 78, p147-157.
Cruz-Davalos DI, Llamas B, Gaunitz C, Fages A et al. 2016. Experimental conditions improving in-solution target enrichment for ancient DNA. Molecular Ecology Resources, Volume 17, Issue 3, p508-522
Der Sarkissian C, Ermini L, Schubert M, Yang MA, Librado P, Fumagalli M, Jonsson H, Kahila Bar-Gal G, Albrechtsen A, Vieira F, Petersen B, Ginolhac A, Seguin-Orlando A, Magnussen K, Fages A et al. 2015. Evolutionary genomics and conservation of the endangered Przewalski’s horse. Current Biology, Volume 25, Issue 19, p2577–2583.