About the Authors

Ioana Rusu

Roles Conceptualization, Data curation, Formal analysis, Funding acquisition, Investigation, Methodology, Visualization, Writing – original draft, Writing – review & editing

rusu.n.ioana@gmail.com (IR); alessandra.modi@unifi.it (AM)

Affiliations Molecular Biology Center, Interdisciplinary Research Institute on Bio-Nano-Sciences, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Faculty of Biology and Geology, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Alessandra Modi

Roles Conceptualization, Data curation, Formal analysis, Methodology, Writing – original draft, Writing – review & editing

rusu.n.ioana@gmail.com (IR); alessandra.modi@unifi.it (AM)

Affiliation Dipartimento di Biologia, Università di Firenze, Florence, Italy

Stefania Vai

Roles Methodology, Writing – review & editing

Affiliation Dipartimento di Biologia, Università di Firenze, Florence, Italy

Elena Pilli

Roles Methodology, Writing – review & editing

Affiliation Dipartimento di Biologia, Università di Firenze, Florence, Italy

Cristina Mircea

Roles Investigation, Writing – review & editing

Affiliations Molecular Biology Center, Interdisciplinary Research Institute on Bio-Nano-Sciences, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Faculty of Biology and Geology, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Claudia Radu

Roles Investigation, Writing – review & editing

Affiliations Molecular Biology Center, Interdisciplinary Research Institute on Bio-Nano-Sciences, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Faculty of History and Philosophy, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Claudia Urduzia

Roles Investigation, Writing – review & editing

Affiliation Brukenthal National Museum, Sibiu, Romania

Zeno Karl Pinter

Roles Investigation, Writing – review & editing

Affiliations Department of History, Heritage and Protestant Theology, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Sibiu, Romania, Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities, Romanian Academy, Sibiu, Romania

Vitalie Bodolică

Roles Investigation, Writing – review & editing

Affiliation Department of Research-Development and Projects, Museum of National History and Archeology, Constanța, Romania

Cătălin Dobrinescu

Roles Investigation, Writing – review & editing

Affiliation Department of Research-Development and Projects, Museum of National History and Archeology, Constanța, Romania

Montserrat Hervella

Roles Funding acquisition, Validation

Affiliation Department of Genetics, Physical Anthropology and Animal Physiology, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Bizkaia, Spain

Octavian Popescu

Roles Resources, Writing – review & editing

Affiliations Molecular Biology Center, Interdisciplinary Research Institute on Bio-Nano-Sciences, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Faculty of Biology and Geology, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Martina Lari

Roles Methodology, Writing – review & editing

Affiliation Dipartimento di Biologia, Università di Firenze, Florence, Italy

David Caramelli

Roles Conceptualization, Resources, Supervision, Writing – original draft, Writing – review & editing

Affiliation Dipartimento di Biologia, Università di Firenze, Florence, Italy

Beatrice Kelemen

Roles Conceptualization, Funding acquisition, Resources, Supervision, Writing – original draft, Writing – review & editing

Affiliations Molecular Biology Center, Interdisciplinary Research Institute on Bio-Nano-Sciences, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Faculty of Biology and Geology, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Competing Interests

David Caramelli is a member of the PLOS ONE editorial board, which does not alter the authors’ adherence to PLOS ONE Editorial policies and criteria.