New journal

Terry Brown tabron at DIR.MCC.AC.UK
Fri Jun 9 11:15:37 EST 1995


An international journal for the rapid publication of research on all types
of preserved biomolecule in ancient materials of any age.


Publication begins in February 1996. Papers for the first issue should be
submitted by August 1995 to Dr Terry Brown, Department of Biochemistry and
Applied Molecular Biology, UMIST, Manchester M60 1QD, UK.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS are available by fax and regular mail. Send a
message to terry.brown at including your fax number and postal


ANCIENT BIOMOLECULES encompasses all types of biomolecule and the
methodologies used in their investigation. Areas of research that are
covered include: palaeontology, archaeology, organic geochemistry, geology,
evolutionary biology, conservation biology, anthropology, biogeochemistry
and forensic science. Particular emphasis is placed on papers addressing
either or both of two broad topics:

*Factors influencing the preservation or decay of biomolecules in ancient
materials (e.g. detection of biomolecules in ancient materials;
characterization of biomolecular decay products; studies aimed at
understanding the decay pathways for biomolecules in different types of
ancient material; attempts to explain how certain types of biomolecule
appear to survive for periods longer than predicted by decay rates
determined in vitro).

*The exploitation of ancient biomolecules in understanding the biological
past (e.g. studies of human evolution, migration and the social
organization of past communities; identification in ancient material of
biomolecular markers for disease organisms; studies involving the use of
biomolecules as carriers of stable isotope signals that can be used to
investigate palaeodiets and palaeoenvironments; investigations of the
origins and evolution of domesticated animals and plants; carbon-14 and
other isotope dating studies based on ancient biomolecules;
chemosystematic, chemotaxonomic and phylogenetic studies of organisms from
any period of the biological past; palaeoenvironmental and palaeoecological

Editor in Chief: TA Brown, Manchester, UK

Associate Editors: RP Evershed, Bristol, UK; N Tuross, Washington USA

Editorial Board: R Alexander, Perth, Australia; JJ Boon, Amsterdam,
Netherlands; MJ Braun, Washington, USA; KA Brown, Manchester, UK; M
Collins, Newcastle, UK; M Collinson, London, UK; R DeSalle, New York, USA;
G Eglinton, Bristol, UK; ML Fogel, Washington, USA; E Hagelberg, Cambridge,
UK; PG Hatcher, Penn State, USA; WW Hauswirth, Gainesville, USA; R Higuchi,
Alameda, USA; S Paabo, Munich, Germany; RJ Parkes, Bristol, UK; F Rollo,
Camerino, Italy; RE Summons, Canberra, Australia; B Sykes, Oxford, UK; RH
Thomas, London, UK; RK Wayne, Los Angeles, USA; S Weiner, Jerusalem, Israel

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