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Forster P, Renfrew C (2006) Phylogenetic Methods and the Prehistory of Languages. McDonald Institute Press, University of Cambridge

Matsumura S, Forster P, Renfrew C (2008) Simulations, Genetics and Prehistory. McDonald Institute Press, University of Cambridge

* cited 10-100 times as of January 2008
** cited 101-500 times as of January 2008
*** cited >500 times as of January 2008
**** official award for best legal medical PhD research in Germany, Austria & Switzerland in 2005

* Baum C, Forster P, Hegewisch-Becker S, Harbers K (1994) An optimised electroporation protocol applicable to a wide range of cell lines. BioTechniques 17:1058-1062

Forster P (1995) Necessary Brain? Nature 375:444

Forster P (1995) Einwanderungsgeschichte Norddeutschlands [Immigration history of North Germany]. In: Faltings VF, Walker AGH, Wilts O (eds) North-Western European Language Evolution, Suppl vol 12, University of Odense, pp 141-163

Richards MB, Forster P, Tetzner S, Hedges R, Sykes BC (1995) Mitochondrial DNA and the Frisians. In: Faltings V, Nielsen, Walker A (eds) North-Western European Language Evolution, Suppl vol 12, University of Odense, pp 141-163

** Bandelt H-J, Forster P, Sykes BC, Richards MB (1995) Mitochondrial portraits of human populations using median networks. Genetics 141:743-753

** Richards MB, Côrte-Real H, Forster P, Macaulay V, Wilkinson-Herbots H, Demaine A, Papiha S, Hedges R, Bandelt H-J, Sykes BC (1996) Palaeolithic and neolithic lineages in the European mitochondrial gene pool. Am J Hum Genet 59:185-203

* Wilkinson-Herbots HM, Richards MB, Forster P, Sykes BC (1996) Site 73 in hypervariable region II of the human mitochondrial genome and the origin of European populations. Ann Hum Genet 60:499-508

** Forster P, Harding R, Torroni A, Bandelt H-J (1996) Origin and evolution of native American mtDNA variation: a reappraisal. Am J Hum Genet 59:935-945

Forster P, Harding R, Torroni A, Bandelt H-J (1997) Reply to Bianchi and Bailliet. Am J Hum Genet 61: 245-247

* Richards MB, Macaulay V, Sykes BC, Pettitt P, Forster P, Bandelt H-J (1997) Palaeolithic and neolithic lineages in the European mitochondrial gene pool: Reply to Cavalli-Sforza and Minch. Am J Hum Genet 61:247-255

** Watson E, Forster P, Richards MB, Bandelt H-J (1997) Mitochondrial footprints of human expansions in Africa. Am J Hum Genet 61:691-704

* Bandelt H-J, Forster P (1997) The myth of bumpy hunter-gatherer mismatch distributions. Am J Hum Genet 61:980-983

* Macaulay V, Richards MB, Forster P, Bendall KE, Watson E, Sykes BC, Bandelt H-J (1997) mtDNA mutation rates - no need to panic. Am J Hum Genet 61:983-986

** Torroni A, Bandelt H-J, D'Urbano L, Lahermo P, Moral P, Sellitto D, Rengo C, Forster P, Savontaus M-L, Bonné-Tamir B, Scozzari R (1998) mtDNA analysis reveals a major late Palaeolithic population expansion from southwestern to northeastern Europe. Am J Hum Genet 62:1137-1152

* Forster P, Kayser M, Meyer E, Roewer L, Pfeiffer H, Benkmann H, Brinkmann B (1998) Phylogenetic resolution of complex mutational features at Y-STR DYS390 in aboriginal Australians and Papuans. Mol Biol Evol 15:1108-1114

Forster P, Toth A, Bandelt H-J (1998) Evolutionary networks of word lists: visualising the relationships between Alpine Romance languages. J Quantitative Linguistics 5: 174-187

*** Bandelt H-J, Forster P, Röhl A (1999) Median-joining networks for inferring intraspecific phylogenies. Mol Biol Evol 16:37-48

* Brinkmann C, Forster P, Schürenkamp M, Horst J, Rolf B, Brinkmann B (1999) Human Y-chromosomal STR haplotypes in a Kurdish population sample. Int J Legal Med 112:181-183

** Siffert OW, Forster P, Jöckel K-H, Mvere DA, Brinkmann B, Naber C, Crookes R, Heyns AP, Epplen J, Fridey J, Freedman BI, Müller N, Stolke D, Sharma AM, al Moutaery K, Grosse-Wilde H, Buerbaum B, Ehrlich T, Ahmad HR, Horsthemke B, du Toit E, Tiilikainen A, Ge J, Wang Y, Yang D, Hüsing H, Rosskopf D (1999) Worldwide ethnic distribution of the G protein beta3 subunit 825T allele and its association with obesity in Caucasian, Chinese, and Black African individuals. J Am Soc Nephrology 10:1921-1930

* Pfeiffer H, Brinkmann B, Hühne J, Rolf B, Morris AA, Steighner R, Holland MM, Forster P (1999) Expanding the German mitochondrial DNA control region database: genetic diversity as a function of sample size and microgeography. Int J Legal Med 112:291-298

* Eaves IA, Bennett ST, Forster P, Ferber KM, Ehrmann D, Wilson AJ, Bhattachharyya S, Ziegler AG, Brinkmann B, Todd JA (1999) Transmission ratio distortion at the INS-IGF2 VNTR. Nature Genet 22:324-325

* Torroni A, Richards M, Macaulay V, Forster P, Villems R, Nørby S, Savontaus M-L, Huoponen K, Scozzari R, Bandelt H-J (2000) mtDNA haplogroups and frequency patterns in Europe. Am J Hum Genet 66:1173-1177

* Forster P, Röhl A, Lünnemann P, Brinkmann C, Zerjal T, Tyler-Smith C, Brinkmann B (2000) A short tandem repeat-based phylogeny for the human Y chromosome. Am J Hum Genet 67:182-196

Renfrew C, Forster P, Hurles M (2000) The past within us. Nature Genet 26:253-254

** Saillard J, Forster P, Lynnerup N, Bandelt H-J, Nørby S (2000) mtDNA variation among Greenland Eskimos: the edge of the Beringian expansion. Am J Hum Genet 67:718-726

* Holtkemper U, Rolf B, Hohoff C, Forster P, Brinkmann B (2001) Mutation rates at two Y-chromosomal microsatellite loci using small pool PCR techniques. Hum Mol Genet 10:629-633

* Pfeiffer H, Forster P, Ortmann C, Brinkmann B (2001) The results of an mtDNA study of 1,200 inhabitants of a German village in comparison to other Caucasian databases and its relevance for forensic casework. Int J Legal Med 114:169-172

* Torroni A, Bandelt HJ, Macaulay V, Richards M, Cruciani F, Rengo C, Martinez-Cabrera V, Villems R, Kivisild T, Metspalu E, Parik J, Tolk HV, Tambets K, Forster P, Karger B, Francalacci P, Rudan P, Janicijevic B, Rickards O, Savontaus ML, Huoponen K, Laitinen V, Koivumaki S, Sykes B, Hickey E, Novelletto A, Moral P, Sellitto D, Coppa A, Al-Zaheri N, Santachiara-Benerecetti AS, Semino O, Scozzari R (2001) A signal, from human mtDNA, of postglacial recolonization in Europe. Am J Hum Genet 69:844-52

* Röhl A, Brinkmann B, Forster L, Forster P (2001) An annotated mtDNA database. Int J Legal Med 115:29-39

* Forster P, Torroni A, Renfrew C, Röhl A (2001) Phylogenetic star contraction applied to Asian and Papuan mtDNA evolution. Mol Biol Evol 18:1864-1881

** The Y Chromosome Consortium (2002) A nomenclature system for the tree of human Y-chromosomal binary haplogroups. Genome Res 12:339-348

* Forster P, Calì F, Röhl A, Metspalu E, D'Anna R, Mirisola M, De Leo G, Flugy A, Salerno A, Ayala G, Kouvatsi A, Villems R, Romano V (2002) Continental and subcontinental distributions of mtDNA control region types. Int J Legal Med 116:99-108

* Calì F, Forster P, Kersting C, Mirisola M, D'Anna R, De Leo G, Romano V (2002) DXYS156: a multi-purpose short tandem repeat locus for determination of sex, paternal and maternal geographic origins and DNA fingerprinting. Int J Legal Med 116:133-138

* Jansen T, Forster P, Levine MA, Oelke H, Hurles M, Renfrew C, Weber J, Olek K (2002) Mitochondrial DNA and the origins of the domestic horse. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 99:10905-10910

**** Forster L, Forster P, Lutz-Bonengel S, Willkomm H, Brinkmann B (2002) Natural radioactivity and human mitochondrial DNA mutations. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 99:13950-13954

Hamel E, Vennemann T, Forster P (2002) Die Ursprache der Alteuropäer. Spektrum der Wissenschaft May 2002: 32-42. [The ancestral language of the ancient Europeans. Scientific American, German edition, May 2002: 32-42]. La lingua degli antichi europei. Le Scienze 407:62-71, July 2002 [The language of the ancient Europeans. Scientific American, Italian edition, July 2002: vol 407:62-71]. Le vascon, première langue d’Europe. Pour la Science, vol 299 [Vasconic, the first language of Europe. Scientific American, French edition, vol 299, September 2002] La lengua originaria de los europeos prehistóricos. Investigacion y Ciencia, January 2003 [The original language of prehistoric Europeans. Scientific American, Spanish edition, Jan 2003, 62-71]

Forster P (2003) To err is human. Ann Hum Genet 67:2-4

* Forster P, Toth A (2003) Toward a phylogenetic chronology of ancient Gaulish, Celtic, and Indo-European. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 100:9079-9084

Forster P, Renfrew C (2003) The DNA chronology of prehistoric human dispersals. In: Examining the Farming/Language Dispersal Hypothesis. McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. Cambridge. pp89-97

Forster P (2003) Book Review on Jan Klein and Naoyuki Takahata’s “Where do We Come From? The Molecular Evidence for Human Descent”. Spektrum der Wissenschaft [German edition of Scientific American], June 2003, 97-99

* Forster P (2004) Ice Ages and the mitochondrial DNA chronology of human dispersals: a review. Phil Trans R Soc Lond B 359:255-264

* McEvoy B, Richards M, Forster P, Bradley DG (2004) The longue durée of genetic ancestry: multiple genetic marker systems and Celtic origins on the Atlantic façade of Europe. Am J Hum Genet:693-702

Forster P, Romano V, Calì F, Röhl A, Hurles M (2004) MtDNA markers for Celtic and Germanic language areas in the British Isles. In: Traces of Ancestry: Studies in honour of Colin Renfrew. Edited by Martin Jones, McDonald Institute Press, University of Cambridge, pp99-111

* Forster P, Matsumura S (2005) Did early humans go north or south? Science 308:965-966

Hurles ME, Sykes BC, Jobling MA, Forster P (2005) The dual origin of the Malagasy in Island Southeast Asia and East Africa: evidence from maternal and paternal lineages. Am J Hum Genet 76:894-901

Forster P (2005) Comment on Recent Work in Computational Linguistic Phylogeny. Language 81:2-3

* Haak W, Forster P, Bramanti B, Matsumura S, Brandt G, Tänzer M, Villems R, Renfrew C, Gronenborn D, Alt KW, Burger J (2005) Ancient DNA from the first European farmers at 7500-year-old Neolithic sites. Science 310:1016-1018

Burger J, Gronenborn D, Forster P, Matsumura S, Bramanti B, Haak W (2006) Response to comment on “Ancient DNA from the first European farmers in 7500-year-old Neolithic sites”. Science 312:1875

Forster P, Polzin T, Röhl A (2006) Evolution of English Basic Vocabulary within the Network of Germanic Languages. pp131-137. In: Forster P, Renfrew C (2006) Phylogenetic Methods and the Prehistory of Languages. McDonald Institute Press, University of Cambridge

Hohoff C, Dewa K, Sibbing U, Hoppe K, Forster P, Brinkmann B (2007) Y-chromosomal microsatellite mutation rates in a population sample from northwestern Germany. Int J Legal Med 121:359-363

Hill C, Soares P, Mormina M, Macaulay V, Clarke D, Blumbach PB, Vizuete-Forster M, Forster P, Bulbeck D, Oppenheimer S, Richards M (2007) A mitochondrial stratigraphy for island southeast Asia. Am J Hum Genet 80:29-43

Forster P, Romano V (2007) Timing of a back-migration into Africa. Science 316:50-51

Hudjashov G, Kivisild T, Underhill PA, Endicott P, Sanchez JJ, Lin AA, Shen P, Oefner P, Renfrew C, Villems R, Forster P (2007) Revealing the prehistoric settlement of Australia by Y chromosome and mtDNA analysis. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 104:8726-8730

Thomas MG, Barnes I, Weale ME, Jones AL, Forster P, Bradman N, Pramstaller PP (2008) New genetic evidence supports isolation and drift in the Ladin communities of the South Tyrolean Alps but not an ancient origin in the Middle East. Eur J Hum Genet 16:124-134

Matsumura s, Forster P (2008) Generation time and effective population size in Polar Eskimos. Proc R Soc B 275:1501-1508

Forster P, Vizuete-Forster M, Matsumura S, Blumbach P, Dewar R (2008) The genetic prehistory of Madagascar. In: Matsumura S, Forster P, Renfrew C (2008) Simulations, Genetics and Prehistory. McDonald Institute Press, University of Cambridge

Bramanti B, Thomas MG, Haak W, Unterlaender M, Jores P, Tambets K, Antanaitis-Jacobs I, Haidle MN, Jankauskas R, Kind CJ, Lueth F, Terberger T, Hiller J, Matsumura S, Forster P, Burger J (2009) Genetic discontinuity between local hunter-gatherers and central Europe’s first farmers. Science 326:137-140


Circa 100 interviews on human origins and migrations in: New York Times, Washington Post, Times Higher Education Suppl, Spiegel, Frankfurter Allgemeine, Sydney Morning Herald etc.

More than 20 radio interviews in BBC World Service, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), etc.

More than 10 television interviews. Scientific advisor for UK and US films:
    Discovery Channel (2002) The Real Eve. [Prehistoric migrations]
    BBC (2003) Motherland – A Genetic Journey. [African slave ancestry]
    BBC (2006) Time. [Geological and evolutionary time]
    PBS (2006) African American Lives. [African slave ancestry]
    PBS (2008) African American Lives 2. [African slave ancestry]
    BBC (2009) Darwin’s Dangerous Idea [Darwinistic thinking in society]
    BBC (2009) The Incredible Human Journey [Human genetic variation]

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