MA (Gotland), PhD (Durham), PgCert (LJMU)



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Linus studied archaeology, osteology and ancient DNA at Gotland University, Stockholm University and Uppsala University (Sweden) to obtain an MA in Osteology 2004-2008. He moved to Durham (UK) to start a Leverhulme funded PhD to study the process of pig domestication throguh ancient DNA analysis in 2008. Linus then spent a year as a PDRA at the Natural History Museum in London (2012-2013) before starting a PDRF at the University of Aberdeen in 2013 and a PDRF at the Archaeological Research Laboratory at Stockholm University in 2015. He worked as a Lecturer in Human evolutionary Genetics at Liverpool John Moores University between from February 2016 - December 2019. From January 2020 he works as a Lecturer in Ancient Biomolecules in the Archaeology Department at Aberdeen.

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Memberships and Affiliations


Research Overview

  • Ancient DNA and palaeogenetics
  • Animal domestication
  • Palaeomigrations


Joel Irish (LJMU)

Anders Gotherstrom (Stockholm University)

Pontus Skoglund (CRICK Institute)

Veronique Forbes (MUN)


Teaching Responsibilities


In the 2020-2021 Academic Year I am course coordinator for:

AY4013/4008 - Viking Archaeology

AY5504 - Advanced Archaeological Methods

AY5005 - Viking Archaeology

AY5011 - Ancient Bimolecules


PGR Supervision 

I am currently supervisor for:

Adeline Morez (Liverpool John Moores University) 



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  • Origins and genetic legacy of prehistoric dogs

    Bergström, A., Frantz, L., Schmidt, R., Ersmark, E., Lebrasseur, O., Girdland-Flink, L., Lin, A. T., Storå, J., Sjögren, K., Anthony, D., Antipina, E., Amiri, S., Bar-Oz, G., Bazaliiskii, V. I., Bulatović, J., Brown, D., Carmagnini, A., Davy, T., Fedorov, S., Fiore, I., Fulton, D., Germonpré, M., Haile, J., Irving-Pease, E. K., Jamieson, A., Janssens, L., Kirillova, I., Horwitz, L. K., Kuzmanovic-Cvetković, J., Kuzmin, Y., Losey, R. J., Dizdar, D. L., Mashkour, M., Novak, M., Onar, V., Orton, D., Pasarić, M., Radivojević, M., Rajković, D., Roberts, B., Ryan, H., Sablin, M., Shidlovskiy, F., Stojanović, I., Tagliacozzo, A., Trantalidou, K., Ullén, I., Villaluenga, A., Wapnish, P., Dobney, K., Götherström, A., Linderholm, A., Dalén, L., Pinhasi, R., Larson, G., Skoglund, P.

    Science, vol. 370, no. 6516, pp. 557-564

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Assessing the performance of quantity and quality metrics using the QIAGEN Investigator® Quantiplex® Pro RGQ kit

    Morrison, J., McColl, S., Loughelainen, J., Sheppard, K., May, A., Girdland-Flink, L., Watts, G., Dawnay, N.

    Science & Justice, vol. 60, no. 4, pp. 388-397

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Do dental nonmetric traits actually work as proxies for neutral genomic data?: Some answers from continental- and global-level analyses

    Irish, J. D., Morez, A., Girdland Flink, L., Phillips, E. L. W., Scott, G. R.

    American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 172, no. 3, pp. 347-375

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • CoproID predicts the source of coprolites and paleofeces using microbiome composition and host DNA content

    Borry, M., Cordova, B., Perri, A., Wibowo, M. C., Honap, T. P., Ko, J., Yu, J., Britton, K., Girdland Flink, L., Power, R. C., Stuijts, I., Garcia, D. S., Hofman, C. A., Hagan, R. W., Kagone, T. S., Meda, N., Carabin, H., Jacobson, D., Reinhard, K., Lewis, Jr., C. M., Kostic, A., Jeong, C., Herbig, A., Hubner, A., Warinner, C.

    PeerJ, vol. 8, e9001

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • First farming in the north-western Mediterranean: evidence from Castellar-Pendimoun during the sixth millennium BCE

    Binder, D., Battentier, J., Bouby, L., Brochier, J. E., Carré, A., Cucchi, T., Delhon, C., De Stefanis, C., Drieu, L., Girdland-Flink, L., Evin, A., Goude, G., Gourichon, L., Guillon, S., Hamon, C., Thiébault, S.

    Farmers at the Frontier. Gron, K. J., Sørensen, L., Rowley-Conwy, P. (eds.). Oxbow Books, pp. 145-159

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)

  • Reply to dee and kuitems: Our model is an expression of the uncertainties inherent in the radiocarbon data

    Ledger, P. M., Girdland-Flink, L., Forbes, V.

    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 116, no. 46, 22908

    Contributions to Journals: Letters

  • Ancient pigs reveal a near-complete genomic turnover following their introduction to Europe

    Frantz, L. A., Haile, J., Lin, A. T., Scheu, A., Geörg, C., Benecke, N., Alexander, M., Linderholm, A., Mullin, V. E., Daly, K. G., Battista, V. M., Price, M., Gron, K. J., Alexandri, P., Arbogast, R. M., Arbuckle, B., Bǎlǎşescu, A., Barnett, R., Bartosiewicz, L., Baryshnikov, G., Bonsall, C., Borić, D., Boroneanţ, A., Bulatović, J., Çakirlar, C., Carretero, J. M., Chapman, J., Church, M., Crooijmans, R., De Cupere, B., Detry, C., Dimitrijevic, V., Dumitraşcu, V., Du Plessis, L., Edwards, C. J., Erek, C. M., Erim-Özdoǧan, A., Ervynck, A., Fulgione, D., Gligor, M., Götherström, A., Gourichon, L., Groenen, M. A., Helmer, D., Hongo, H., Horwitz, L. K., Irving-Pease, E. K., Lebrasseur, O., Lesur, J., Malone, C., Manaseryan, N., Marciniak, A., Martlew, H., Mashkour, M., Matthews, R., Matuzeviciute, G. M., Maziar, S., Meijaard, E., McGovern, T., Megens, H. J., Miller, R., Mohaseb, A. F., Orschiedt, J., Orton, D., Papathanasiou, A., Pearson, M. P., Pinhasi, R., Radmanović, D., Ricaut, F. X., Richards, M., Sabin, R., Sarti, L., Schier, W., Sheikhi, S., Stephan, E., Stewart, J. R., Stoddart, S., Tagliacozzo, A., Tasić, N., Trantalidou, K., Tresset, A., Valdiosera, C., Van Den Hurk, Y., Van Poucke, S., Vigne, J. D., Yanevich, A., Zeeb-Lanz, A., Triantafyllidis, A., Gilbert, M. T. P., Schibler, J., Rowley-Conwy, P., Zeder, M., Peters, J., Cucchi, T., Bradley, D. G., Dobney, K., Burger, J., Evin, A., Girdland-Flink, L., Larson, G.

    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 116, no. 35, pp. 17231-17238

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Megalithic tombs in western and northern Neolithic Europe were linked to a kindred society

    Sanchez-Quinto, F., Malmström, H., Fraser, M., Girdland Flink, E., Svensson, E. M., Simoes, L., George, R., Hollfelder, N., Burenhult, G., Noble, G., Britton, K., Talamo, S., Curtis, N., Brzobohata, H., Sumberova, R., Götherström, A., Storå, J., Jakobsson, M.

    PNAS, vol. 116, no. 19, pp. 9469-9474

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Elucidating recent history by tracing genetic affinity of three 16th century miners from Sweden

    Krzewińska, M., Kjellström, A., Bäckström, Y., Ingvarsson, A., Kashuba, N., Rodríguez Varela, R., Girdland-Flink, L., Götherström, A.

    Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, vol. 19, pp. 651-657

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Genomic Analyses of Pre-European Conquest Human Remains from the Canary Islands Reveal Close Affinity to Modern North Africans

    Rodríguez-Varela, R., Günther, T., Krzewińska, M., Storå, J., Gillingwater, T. H., MacCallum, M., Arsuaga, J. L., Dobney, K., Valdiosera, C., Jakobsson, M., Götherström, A., Girdland-Flink, L.

    Current Biology, vol. 27, no. 21, pp. 3396-3402

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • New genetic and morphological evidence suggests a single hoaxer created 'Piltdown Man'

    De Groote, I., Flink, L. G., Abbas, R., Bello, S. M., Burgio, L., Buck, L. T., Dean, C., Freyne, A., Higham, T., Jones, C. G., Kruszynski, R., Lister, A., Parfitt, S. A., Skinner, M. M., Shindler, K., Stringer, C. B.

    Royal Society Open Science, vol. 3, no. 10, 160328

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Unravelling the complexity of domestication: a case study using morphometrics and ancient DNA analyses of archaeological pigs from Romania

    Evin, A., Girdland Flink, L., Bălăşescu, A., Popovici, D., Andreescu, R., Bailey, D., Mirea, P., Lazăr, C., Boroneanţ, A., Bonsall, C., Vidarsdottir, U. S., Brehard, S., Tresset, A., Cucchi, T., Larson, G., Dobney, K.

    Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 370, no. 1660, 20130616

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Reply to Beavan, Bryant, and Storey and Matisoo-Smith: Ancestral Polynesian “D” haplotypes reflect authentic Pacific chicken lineages

    Thomson, V. A., Lebrasseur, O., Austin, J. J., Hunt, T. L., Burney, D. A., Denham, T., Rawlence, N., Wood, J. R., Gongora, J., Girdland Flink, L., Linderholm, A., Dobney, K., Larson, G., Cooper, A.

    PNAS, vol. 111, no. 35, pp. E3585-E3586

    Contributions to Journals: Letters

  • Using ancient DNA to study the origins and dispersal of ancestral Polynesian chickens across the Pacific

    Thomson, V. A., Lebrasseur, O., Austin, J. J., Hunt, T. L., Burney, D. A., Denham, T., Rawlence, N. J., Wood, J. R., Gongora, J., Girdland Flink, L., Linderholm, A., Dobney, K., Larson, G., Cooper, A.

    PNAS, vol. 111, no. 13, pp. 4826-4831

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • The domestic pig (Sus scrofa f. domestica Linnaeus, 1758 or Sus domesticus, Erxleben 1777)

    Girdland Flink, L.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Entries for Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

  • An absolute chronology for early Egypt using radiocarbon dating and Bayesian statistical modelling

    Dee, M., Wengrow, D., Shortland, A., Stevenson, A., Brock, F., Girdland Flink, L., Bronk Ramsey, C.

    Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences, vol. 469, no. 2159, 20130395

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Archaeological, Morphological and Genetic Approaches to Pig Domestication

    Girdland Flink, L., Larson, G.

    Origins and Spread of Domestic Animals in Southwest Asia and Europe. Colledge, S., Conolly, J., Dobney, K., Manning, K., Shennan, S. (eds.). Left Coast Press pp. 27-35, 9 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Pig domestication and human-mediated dispersal in western Eurasia revealed through ancient DNA and geometric morphometrics

    Ottoni, C., Girdland Flink, L., Evin, A., Geörg, C., De Cupere, B., Van Neer, W., Bartosiewicz, L., Linderholm, A., Barnett, R., Peters, J., Decorte, R., Waelkens, M., Vanderheyden, N., Ricaut, F., Çakırlar, C., Çevic, ., Hoelzel, A. R., Mashkour, M., Mohaseb Karimlu, A. F., Skeikhi Seno, S., Daujat, J., Brock, F., Pinhasi, R., Hongo, H., Perez-Enisco, M., Rasmussen, M., Frantz, L., Megens, H., Crooijmans, R., Groenen, M., Arbuckle, B., Benecke, N., Strand-Vidarsdottir, U., Burger, J., Cucchi, T., Dobney, K., Larson, G.

    Molecular Biology and Evolution, vol. 30, no. 4, pp. 824-832

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Chalcolithic pig remains from Çamlibel Tarlasi, Central Anatolia.

    Bartosiewicz, L., Gillis, R., Girdland Flink, L., Evin, A., Cucchi, T., Hoelzel, R., Vidarsdottir, U., Dobney, K., Larson, G., Schoop, U.

    Archaeozoology of the Near East X. De Cupere, B., Linseele, V., Hamilton-Dyer, S. (eds.). Editions Peeters pp. 101–120, 20 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

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