There seems to have been a lot of inter-"species" sex during the Paleolithic (left), and that's just from a handful of Eurasian hominins sequenced so far.Who knows what other Middle Paleolithic genomes might be in the works? My guess...Show More Summary
This paper is a nice cautionary tale. R1a is very common in eastern Europe and less so in the Near East. Ashkenazi Jews lived in Eastern Europe, and one group of them (Levites) had high frequency of R1a than the rest. It seemed thatShow More Summary
To be honest, I was surprised how much attention Peter O’Toole’s recent passing received. We all knew he was famous, but we also learned this week how deeply he was loved. Many people loved him because he had that one thing that is so hard to find in the entertainment industry today: charisma. But anthropologists loved him […]
I don't see any mention of DNA in the article The face of prehistoric Britain: Forensic scientist uses Neolithic man's 5,500-year-old skull to create lifelike image as part of new £27m Stonehenge centre, so it's not clear whether the...Show More Summary
This is a very useful review of research on the origin of the Upper Paleolithic (Emiran) in the Levant, arguing against a recent (c. 50kya ) African origin and in favor of an Arabian one. The argument is mainly archaeological, although it is informed by genetic evidence. Show More Summary
Rebecca Schuman has a piece in Slate which is getting a lot of attention. Titled “The End of the College Essay: An essay” she complains that “It wastes 15 hours of my time to mark up my students’ flaccid theses and non sequitur textual ‘evidence’” especially when plagiarism is so rampant and the students who […]
Iran has sent a second live monkey into space and safely returned him to Earth, the country's state-run news agency reports.Fargam the space monkey rode a Pajonesh rocket 75 miles up into space before his capsule safely detached andShow More Summary
Reconstructed Mesolithic roundhouse near Northumberland, Great Britain ( source : Andrew Curtis) At different times and in different regions, humans have entered larger social environments that are no longer limited to close kin. Because...Show More Summary
Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences December 2013 Ancient DNA insights from the Middle Neolithic in Germany Esther J. Lee et al. Genetic studies of Neolithic groups in central Europe have provided insights into the demographic processes that have occurred during the initial transition to agriculture as well as in later Neolithic contexts. Show More Summary
Happy Monkey Day! Once again, Monkey Day arrives. And once again, it's time to count down the most interesting, the craziest, the most profound monkey (and primate) news stories of 2013! So, without further ado, here are your top 10 Monkeys In The News posts of 2013: - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 10. Show More Summary
North American Dialogue; with apologies in advance for acronym abundance Savage Minds welcomes guest blogger Lindsay A. Bell I recently became the Associate Editor of North American Dialogue (NAD). Part of the AAA Wiley-Blackwell basket of goodies, NAD is the peer reviewed journal of the Society for the Anthropology of North America (SANA). I was […]
arXiv:1312.2675 [q-bio.PE] Genome-wide scan of 29,141 African Americans finds no evidence of selection since admixture Gaurav Bhatia et al. We scanned through the genomes of 29,141 African Americans, searching for loci where the average proportion of African ancestry deviates significantly from the genome-wide average. Show More Summary
Some of the audio from talks of this meeting that I posted about before have been posted. I don't think I can listen to all of them, but feel free to post any interesting "nuggets" of information in the comments.
By Merrily McCarthy This series discusses linguistic experience in one specific work example, The Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park in California, USA. A National Historic Building built in 1927, The Ahwahnee, whose halls echo the sounds of many languages has for 86 years invited the voices and languages of many global cultures to gather […]
Could this (or something like it): Have inspired this?: Lukas Nickel, of the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, believes that recently translated ancient texts indicate that large statues began to appear in the western-most portions … Continue reading ?
I’m talking about the two chuckleheads that vandalized the Great Pyramid in order to promote their conspiracy theory about the pyramids being some 10,000 years older than currently believed. Dominique Goerlitz and author Stefan Erdmann have been working on something … Continue reading ?
One of my most popular articles on this blog is the one about Nitrogen-Filled Tires that I wrote back in 2008. I noticed a blog post linking here in response to it “A Rebuttal to Nitrogen Tire Inflation Scams and … Continue reading ...