Blog Profile / Dienekes' Anthropology Blog

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Two more Denisovans (Sawyer, Renaud et al. 2015)

PNAS doi: 10.1073/pnas.1519905112 Nuclear and mitochondrial DNA sequences from two Denisovan individuals Susanna Sawyer, Gabriel Renaud et al. Denisovans, a sister group of Neandertals, have been described on the basis of a nuclear genome sequence from a finger phalanx (Denisova 3) found in Denisova Cave in the Altai Mountains. Show More Summary

West_Asian in the flesh (hunter-gatherers from Georgia) (Jones et al. 2015)

Years ago, I detected the presence of a West_Asian genetic component (with dual modes in "Caucasus" and "Gedrosia") whose origins I placed in the "highlands of West Asia" and which I proposed spread into Europe post-5kya with Indo-European languages.Earlier this year, the study by Haak et al. Show More Summary

Genetic structure of 1,272 Italians

From the paper:The distribution of the pairwise Fst distances between all population pairs is shown in Supplementary Table S3. The genetic distance between Southern and Northern Italians (Fst=0.0013) is comparable to that between individuals...Show More Summary

Selection against Neandertal deleterious alleles

Sampled Neandertals (from Europe, the Caucasus, and Siberia) certainly had lower effective population size than living humans, but I wonder what the comparison would be between ancient tribes of modern humans and Neandertals in the Near...Show More Summary

Bronze Age Plague

This paper used the same data as the Allentoft et al. paper, but instead of focusing on the human DNA recovered from ancient Eurasians, it went looking for interesting stuff in the non-human DNA (the stuff that is usually thrown away).The result: 2,800-5,000 year old Yersinia pestis from Europe to the Altai. Show More Summary

Modern humans in China ~80,000 years ago (?)

Another (?)-worthy paper has just appeared in Nature in the heels of the African ancient genome paper. Time will tell how these worldview-altering discoveries will change the story of Mankind, and a degree of skepticism is warranted....Show More Summary

West Eurasian admixture throughout Africa (?)

In 2012, I wrote:It is no longer tenable to view West Eurasian back-migrations as limited events that affected only North and East Africa: their effects are clearly evident throughout Africa, having affected different populations toShow More Summary

Recent admixture in contemporary West Eurasians

After applying Globetrotter to the world and to the British, a new study in Current Biology applies to the intermediately-sized region of West Eurasia. This is an open-access article, so go ahead and read it. Current Biology DOI: More Summary

Political (non) diversity in social psychology

Behavioral and Brain Sciences / Volume 38 / January 2015, e130 (13 pages) Political diversity will improve social psychological scienceJosé L. Duartea1, Jarret T. Crawforda2, Charlotta Sterna3, Jonathan Haidta4, Lee Jussima5 and Philip E. Show More Summary

Rethinking the dispersal of Homo sapiens out of Africa

An excellent review which -among its other graces- demolishes the view that mtDNA haplogroup L3 provides a terminus post quem of 70 thousand years for the Out-of-Africa expansion, a question I've discussed in this blog before.I think the evidence is overwhelming at this point that there were modern humans outside Africa before 100,000 years ago. Show More Summary

Mesolithic monolith from Sicilian Channel

Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports Volume 3, September 2015, Pages 398–407 A submerged monolith in the Sicilian Channel (central Mediterranean Sea): Evidence for Mesolithic human activityEmanuele Lodolo, Zvi Ben-Avraham The ancient...Show More Summary

Prehistoric farmers from northern Greece had lactose intolerance, brown eyes, dark skin

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Paleoamericans galore

Two new papers in Nature and Science add to the debate on Native American origins. The first study (in Nature) detects that some Amazonians have a few percent ancestry from a group related to Australasians, which suggests that earlyShow More Summary

British origins (with ancient data)

Related: British Origins (Leslie et al. 2015) bioRxiv Iron Age and Anglo-Saxon genomes from East England reveal British migration history Stephan Schiffels, Wolfgang Haak, Pirita Paajanen, Bastien Llamas,...Show More Summary

Phylogeographic refinement of haplogroup E

Genome Biol Evol (2015) 7 (7): 1940-1950. Phylogeographic Refinement and Large Scale Genotyping of Human Y Chromosome Haplogroup E Provide New Insights into the Dispersal of Early Pastoralists in the African Continent Beniamino Trombetta et al. Show More Summary

Y-chromosomes of Sicilian and Calabrian Arbereshe

European Journal of Human Genetics advance online publication 1 July 2015; doi: 10.1038/ejhg.2015.138 Shared language, diverging genetic histories: high-resolution analysis of Y-chromosome variability in Calabrian and Sicilian Arbereshe Stefania Sarno et al. Show More Summary

mtDNA from Xiaohe cemetery

BMC Genetics 2015, 16:78 doi:10.1186/s12863-015-0237-5Analysis of ancient human mitochondrial DNA from the Xiaohe cemetery: insights into prehistoric population movements in the Tarim Basin, China Chunxiang Li et al.Abstract Background...Show More Summary

Complex demographic history of Western Central African Pygmies

bioRxiv doi: Whole genome sequence analyses of Western Central African Pygmy hunter-gatherers reveal a complex demographic history and identify candidate genes under positive natural selection PingHsun Hsieh et al. Show More Summary

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