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Craniofacial plasticity in ancient Peru

Anthropologischer Anzeiger doi:10.1127/anthranz/2015/0458Craniofacial plasticity in ancient Peru Jessica H. Stone; Kristen Chew; Ann H. Ross; John W. VeranoNumerous studies have utilized craniometric data to explore the roles of genetic diversity and environment in human cranial shape variation. Show More Summary

New monkey species discovered in the Amazon rainforest

Scientists have discovered a new species of titi monkey in Brazil, according to a recent paper published in scientific journal Papéis Avulsos de Zoologia.Titis are new world monkeys found across South America. These tree-dwelling primates have long, soft fur and live in small family groups consisting of a monogamous pair and their offspring. Show More Summary

Two Of Four Known AIDS Virus Groups Originated In Gorillas

Two of the four known groups of human AIDS viruses (HIV-1 groups O and P) originated in western lowland gorillas, according researchers who conducted a comprehensive survey of simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) infection in AfricanShow More Summary

Dangerous Bacteria Mysteriously Escapes From Louisiana Monkey Lab

How a potentially deadly strain of bacteria escaped from a primate research lab infecting four monkeys is a mystery, government officials said, but they added the incident poses no threat to the public.The bacterium in question, burkholderia...Show More Summary

The genus Homo is older than thought…

A 2.8-million-year-old mandible with five teeth discovered atop a hill in Ledi-Geraru, Ethiopia was published today in the journal Science. … Continue reading ?

Oxhide ingots in Scandinavian rock art

Antiquity / Volume 89 / Issue 343 / February 2015, pp 191-209 Representations of oxhide ingots in Scandinavian rock art: the sketchbook of a Bronze Age traveller? Johan Ling and Zofia Stos-Gale Bronze Age trade networks across Europe and the Mediterranean are well documented; Baltic amber and bronze metalwork were particularly valued commodities. Show More Summary

mtDNA from Lengyel culture in Poland

PLoS ONE 10(2): e0118316. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0118316 Between the Baltic and Danubian Worlds: The Genetic Affinities of a Middle Neolithic Population from Central Poland Wies?aw Lorkiewicz et al. For a long time, anthropological...Show More Summary

The Ecology of What We Write

[Savage Minds is pleased to publish this essay by Anand Pandian as part of our Writers’ Workshop series. Anand teaches anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. His books include Reel World: An Anthropology of Creation (Duke University...Show More Summary

Y chromosome mutation rate: 0.82x10-9

This is in Russian, but seems to be using Anzick-1, Ust-Ishim, K14 to get the mutation rate. Fu et al. who just used Ust Ishim got 0.7-0.9 for this which seems very similar, and also identical to the 0.82x10-9 value of Poznik et al.Show More Summary

8,000 year old wheat in Britain

Britain received farming later than most of Europe, but perhaps it received one of the products of farming well before any farmers set foot on the island. I've always wondered if news (and at least some products) of the agricultural revolution spread far and wide before the revolution itself did. Show More Summary

Two observations on the ancestry of Armenians

I was thinking a bit on how to interpret the findings of the new Haber et al. preprint, and especially the idea that "29% of the Armenian ancestry may originate from an ancestral population best represented by Neolithic Europeans." I...Show More Summary

Savage Minds Welcomes Rebecca Nelson

Savage Minds is happy to announce the selection of our new “around the web” intern, Rebecca Nelson! Rebecca Nelson is a Ph.D. candidate in cultural anthropology at the University of Connecticut. Her research focuses on volunteer tourism...Show More Summary

The plight of the Assyrians

ISIS Onslaught Engulfs Assyrian Christians as Militants Destroy Ancient ArtISTANBUL — The reports are like something out of a distant era of ancient conquests: entire villages emptied, with hundreds taken prisoner, others kept as slaves; the destruction of irreplaceable works of art; a tax on religious minorities, payable in gold. Show More Summary

Anthropology’s Long Tail, or AAA 2.0

Does anthropology have a long tail? Maybe it does, but the head really is superior. Isn’t that the idea behind science anyways? The best ideas are the vetted ideas and the rejected ideas are put to rest for a reason. Or maybe its not there at all. But then again… First a refresher is in … Continue reading Anthropology’s Long Tail, or AAA 2.0 ?

Estonian biocentre high coverage Y chromosome sequences and Turkic data

Courtesy of the good people of the Estonian biocentre: 307 high coverage human Y chrmosome sequences. Paper to be published soon. The Genetic Legacy of the Expansion of Turkic-Speaking Nomads Across Eurasia. Paper in press. The Y chromosome data seems particularly exciting (there is a spreadsheet of populations in the download directory). Show More Summary

KNM-LH1: a 23,000 year old human from Kenya

From the paper: KNM-LH 1 and other Pleistocene African specimens, all of which are potentially sampling candidate populations for dispersals across and out of Africa during the Late Pleistocene (12–15, 50, 59), differ substantially not only from recent Africans but also from individuals drawn from Holocene LSA archaeological sites. Show More Summary

Mutation rate again (Lipson et al. 2015)

This estimate is in-between 1.2 and 2.5x10-8, the two most quoted values for this parameter. It seems like such an important number that I'm wondering if it would be possible to brute force estimate it. Maybe people who have whole genomes...Show More Summary

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