Date of Award

2-1-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Departments/Programs

Anthropology

First Advisor

Michael E. Steiper

Second Advisor

Jessica Rothman

Academic Program Adviser

Leo Coleman

Abstract

This study phylogenetically analyzed 30 AMY-related genes from 11 primates. The results show the gradual expansion of the AMY gene family which could have allowed primates to adapt to various ecological landscapes and maximize energy intake from starch-rich foods in periods of food scarcity.

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