Blog Profile / Dienekes' Anthropology Blog

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Archived Since:March 13, 2008

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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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Oase1 had a Neandertal ancestor no earlier than ~200 years before his time

Several important conclusions of the discovery that Oase1 had a Neandertal ancestor 4-6 generations before his time (37-42 thousand years ago): This is a smoking gun that modern humans interbred with Neandertals, following up on theShow More Summary

DNA from hot climates technically feasible

From the paper: Ten petrous bones were selected from archaeological specimens, representing a wide range of geographical locations and climatic contexts (Table 1, for repository information see S1 File). The specimens were selected from Central Europe, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, the Levant, Anatolia, and North Africa. Show More Summary

Kennewick Man was a Native American

Nature (2015) doi:10.1038/nature14625 The ancestry and affiliations of Kennewick Man Morten Rasmussen, Martin Sikora, Anders Albrechtsen, Thorfinn Sand Korneliussen, J. Víctor Moreno-Mayar, G. David Poznik, Christoph P. E. Zollikofer, Marcia S. Show More Summary

Into, out of, and across the Eurasian steppe

A new paper in Nature adds to the earlier study in the same journal by presenting data from 101 ancient Eurasians. The year is not yet halfway over, but it seems that the ancient DNA field is moving towards a new norm of studying dozens...Show More Summary

101 ancient genomes from Bronze Age Eurasia

New data has been posted online. This seems related to this earlier post. Hopefully the study linked to this data will appear soon, but genome bloggers can get to it thanks to the early data release.Investigation of Bronze Age in Eurasia by sequencing from 101 ancient human remains. Show More Summary

Nilo-Saharan component

Scientific Reports 5, Article number: 9996 doi:10.1038/srep09996 The genetics of East African populations: a Nilo-Saharan component in the African genetic landscape Begoña Dobon et al. East Africa is a strategic region to study human genetic diversity due to the presence of ethnically, linguistically, and geographically diverse populations. Show More Summary

Out of Egypt or Out of Ethiopia?

I am skeptical that once you remove non-African ancestry from Egyptians (even if you were able to do so perfectly), what you are left with is indigenous Northeastern Africans, the direct descendants of people who left Africa tens ofShow More Summary

More Y-chromosome super-fathers

The time estimates are based on a mutation rate of 1x10-9 mutations/bp/year which is ~1/3 higher than mutation rate of Karmin et al. So the values on the table may be a little lower.There may be additional founders with recent time depths...Show More Summary

Neandertal in the (immediate) family tree

Early European may have had Neanderthal great-great-grandparent One of Europe’s earliest known humans had a close Neanderthal ancestor: perhaps as close as a great-great-grandparent. The finding, announced on 8 May at the Biology ofShow More Summary

mtDNA haplogroup A10 in Bronze Age West Siberia

PLoS ONE 10(5): e0127182. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0127182MtDNA Haplogroup A10 Lineages in Bronze Age Samples Suggest That Ancient Autochthonous Human Groups Contributed to the Specificity of the Indigenous West Siberian Population Aleksandr S. Show More Summary

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