Blog Profile / Dienekes' Anthropology Blog

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Minoans and Mycenaeans

It is great to finally see the first data from the most ancient Greeks (Mycenaeans) and also the Cretan Minoans: Ancestrally. both Mycenaeans and Minoans were basically Mediterranean, well outside the variation of most Europeans and Near Easterners and >75% from early European-Anatolian farmers. Show More Summary

Deepest Neandertal mtDNA split

The authors interpret the new result from HST as placing a lower boundary on an introgression from Africans to Neandertals at more than 290kya, which explains why Africans are genomically closer to Neandertals than to Denisovans.Of course,...Show More Summary

Out of North Africa

I had previously called Irhoud 1 "The Father of Mankind" and proposed a "two deserts" theory of human evolution whereby our species originated in North Africa, and was pumped out of it to both the Middle East (and especially Arabia, the 2nd desert) and Sub-Saharan Africa during periods of Saharan aridity. Show More Summary

Younger Dryas comet impact encoded in Göbekli Tepe?

Fascinating if true.Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry, Vol. 17, No 1, (2017), pp. 233-250 DECODING GÖBEKLI TEPE WITH ARCHAEOASTRONOMY: WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY? Martin B. Sweatman and Dimitrios Tsikritsis We have interpreted much of the symbolism of Göbekli Tepe in terms of astronomical events. Show More Summary

Incipient Mongoloids (or elusive Denisovans) 105-125kya in China?

The authors claim that these archaic humans from China show parallels to both modern eastern Eurasians (Mongoloids) and to Neandertals. The relationship with the Neandertals makes them prime candidates for the elusive Denisovans whoShow More Summary

Analytical thinking does not decrease religious belief

It seems to me that psychology would benefit from taking a break from publishing new findings and clean house of all the junk that has accumulated over the years. Junk breeds junk, and if left unchecked can generate entire unwholesome...Show More Summary

Microagressions, debunked

A warning against taking politically-inspired gobbledygook (whose only benefit is to bureaucrats and as a means of virtue signalling by do-gooders) seriously. Perspectives on Psychological Science Vol 12, Issue 1, 2017 Microaggressions Strong Claims, Inadequate Evidence Scott O. Show More Summary

Dysgenic trend in educational attainment in Iceland

This is a very important study which (if replicated in other countries, with more complex demography, less complete genealogy, but much larger sample sizes) bodes ill for the future. It should also prompt studies of the evolution of cognitive ability at longer time scales (beyond traditional genealogy). Show More Summary

Happy New Year 2017

Last year I wished for ancient East Asian DNA and I didn't get my wish. So, I repeat my wish for this year as well.

Facial reconstruction of Griffin warrior

The face of Bronze Age fighter revealed: Scientists reconstruct face of the 'Griffin Warrior' who was part of an elite group 3,500 years ago

China's Great Flood and the rise of the Xia dynasty

From a related story: Massive flood may have led to China's earliest empire:Many cultures trace their origins to the hazy horizon where history meets legend. In China's case, that blurry line occurs sometime between 2200 B.C.E. and 2000...Show More Summary

Educational achievement predicted by DNA

Predicting 9% of educational achievement from DNA is quite good. The authors used genotype arrays, so there's obvious room for growth in rare variation that is not covered by such arrays.I wonder when the public and policymakers will...Show More Summary

Y-chromosome haplogroup N phylogeny resolved

AJHG Volume 99, Issue 1, p163–173, 7 July 2016 Human Y Chromosome Haplogroup N: A Non-trivial Time-Resolved Phylogeography that Cuts across Language Families Anne-Mai Ilumäe et al. The paternal haplogroup (hg) N is distributed from southeast Asia to eastern Europe. Show More Summary

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

Front. Ecol. Evol., 27 June 2016 | 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: 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

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