Blog Profile / Dienekes' Anthropology Blog


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Archived Since:March 13, 2008

Blog Post Archive

37,000 year old skull from Malaysia related to indigenous people of Borneo

Front. Ecol. Evol., 27 June 2016 | http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2016.00075 Deep Skull from Niah Cave and the Pleistocene Peopling of Southeast Asia Darren Curnoe et al. The Deep Skull from Niah Cave in Sarawak (Malaysia) is the oldest anatomically modern human recovered from island Southeast Asia. Show More Summary

Population history with physically phased genomes

bioRxiv doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/008367 Modeling human population separation history using physically phased genomes Shiya Song, Elzbieta Sliwerska, Sarah Emery, Jeffrey M Kidd Phased haplotype sequences are a key component inShow More Summary

Panorama of African admixture

I remember how in the early days of online discussions of anthropology a constant topic of contention was whether African variation was the result of admixture, some of it within Africa, some of it from Caucasoids, or whether it wasShow More Summary

700 thousand year old ancestors of H. floresiensis

Nature 534, 245–248 (09 June 2016) doi:10.1038/nature17999 Homo floresiensis-like fossils from the early Middle Pleistocene of Flores Gerrit D. van den Bergh, Yousuke Kaifu, Iwan Kurniawan, Reiko T. Kono, Adam Brumm, Erick Setiyabudi, Fachroel Aziz & Michael J. Show More Summary

Ancient DNA and human history

A very useful review of the field c. mid-2016. The only major addition would be the study on Upper Paleolithic Europeans that appeared recently.The lack of East Asian DNA validates my New Year's wish for some. Hopefully my wish willShow More Summary

Neolithic Aegean genomes

I had covered this paper when it went on the bioRxiv, but the final version has been published in PNAS in open access. PNAS doi: 10.1073/pnas.1523951113Early farmers from across Europe directly descended from Neolithic AegeansZuzanaShow More Summary

Mungo Man DNA revisited + first ancient mtDNA from Australia

The authors find that previously published mtDNA from earliest Australians was contamination, and one S2 mtDNA haplogroup in an undated sample of likely Holocene origin.PNAS doi: 10.1073/pnas.1521066113Ancient mtDNA sequences from the First Australians revisited Tim H. Show More Summary

British Celts have more steppe ancestry than British English

An interesting tidbit in a preprint about blood pressure genes: We consistently obtained significantly positive f4 statistics, implying that both the modern Celtic samples and the ancient Saxon samples have more Steppe ancestry than the modern Anglo-Saxon samples from southern and eastern England. Show More Summary

The great migration of African Americans

PLoS Genet 12(5): e1006059. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1006059 The Great Migration and African-American Genomic Diversity Soheil Baharian et al. We present a comprehensive assessment of genomic diversity in the African-American population...Show More Summary

35,000 year old mtDNA haplogroup U6 from Romania

I wouldn't be very surprised if many of the markers supposedly signifying recent gene flow Africa and Eurasia were actually quite old in Eurasia. The trouble is that reports of such gene flow were often based on simply observing that...Show More Summary

Luwians vs. Hittites and Mycenaeans vs. Luwians

A rather imaginative reconstruction of the events surrounding the Sea Peoples and the ending of the end of the Bronze Age.

74 loci associated with educational attainment

Other than the claim in the abstract that educational attainment is "mostly environmentally determined" (), this seems like a very useful study, as it identifies 74 loci associated with educational attainment and explores their interesting biology. Show More Summary

Natural selection in Britain during the last 2,000 years

The latest ancient DNA studies from the British Isles (Schiffels et al and Martiniano et al. and Cassidy et al.) support continuity over the last 2,000 years. Sure, there were continued migrations like the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons,...Show More Summary

Neandertal ancestry, going, going, ..., gone (?)

A deluge of new data from Upper Paleolithic Europe will give us all a lot to think about. It is incredible that Neandertal ancestry seems to have decreased over time in Europe (Oase1 is off-cline with lots of extra Neandertal ancestry from a recent genealogical Neandertal in the family tree). Show More Summary

More on Kennewick Man

A new technical report re-analyzes the data of Rasmussen et al. study on Kennewick man and confirms that he is related to Native Americans. From the report:We find the Kennewick sample has the highest shared similarity to Native American...Show More Summary

Bursts in human male demography

From the paper:When the tree is calibrated with a mutation rate estimate of 0.76 × 10-9 mutations per base pair per year9, the time to the most recent common ancestor (TMRCA) of the tree is ~190,000 years, but we consider the implications of alternative mutation rate estimates below. Show More Summary

Jewish and Indian ancestry in the Bene Israel

PLoS ONE 11(3): e0152056. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0152056 The Genetics of Bene Israel from India Reveals Both Substantial Jewish and Indian Ancestry Yedael Y. Waldman, Arjun Biddanda, Natalie R. Davidson, Paul Billing-Ross, Maya Dubrovsky, Christopher L. Show More Summary

Periods of human activity in Chauvet-Pont d'Arc cave

PNAS DOI: doi: 10.1073/pnas.1523158113 A high-precision chronological model for the decorated Upper Paleolithic cave of Chauvet-Pont d’Arc, Ardèche, France Anita Quiles et al. Radiocarbon dates for the ancient drawings in the Chauvet-Pont d’Arc Cave revealed ages much older than expected. Show More Summary

Nubian assemblages from the Negev

Nubian assemblages from the Levant are quite important because they provide an intermediate link (along land routes) between those from Africa and Arabia. It's also more difficult now to consider the Arabian finds as a limited event without broader implications about modern human dispersals. Show More Summary

Neandertal Y-chromosome (finally)

It's been six years since the publication of the draft Neandertal genome, and one piece of the puzzle that's always been missing is the Neandertal Y-chromosome (unfortunately most of the Neandertals yielding data were female). But, the...Show More Summary

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