Blog Profile / Dienekes' Anthropology Blog

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2,500-year old Etruscans

From a Biology of Genomes poster (pdf) on "Assessment of Whole-Genome capture methodologies on single- and double-stranded ancient DNA libraries from Caribbean and European archaeological human remains" by Ávila-Arcos et al.All that can be said based on this is that they seem broadly southern European and not particularly Tuscan.

Ancient mtDNA from Neolithic France

PLoS ONE 10(4): e0125521. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0125521When the Waves of European Neolithization Met: First Paleogenetic Evidence from Early Farmers in the Southern Paris Basin Maïté Rivollat et al. An intense debate concerning the nature and mode of Neolithic transition in Europe has long received much attention. Show More Summary

Facial reconstruction of Lord of Moken

I wonder when we will start seeing facial reconstructions that make use of ancient DNA. Ancient DNA isn't very good for reconstructing facial features, but it should be quite good at reconstructing pigmentation. Facial reconstruction...Show More Summary

Modern humans, not Neandertals made the Proto-Aurignacian

Science DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa2773 The makers of the Protoaurignacian and implications for Neandertal extinction S. Benazzi et al.The Protoaurignacian culture is pivotal to the debate about the timing of the arrival of modern humans in Western Europe and the demise of Neandertals. Show More Summary

Structure of Y-haplogroup N

arXiv:1504.06463 [q-bio.PE] The dichotomy structure of Y chromosome Haplogroup N Kang Hu et al. Haplogroup N-M231 of human Y chromosome is a common clade from Eastern Asia to Northern Europe, being one of the most frequent haplogroups in Altaic and Uralic-speaking populations. Show More Summary

Southern origins and recent admixture of Siberian populations

bioRxiv The complex admixture history and recent southern origins of Siberian populations Irina Pugach, Rostislav Matveev, Viktor Spitsyn, Sergey Makarov, Innokentiy Novgorodov, Vladimir Osakovsky, Mark...Show More Summary

Eye color and alcohol dependence

American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics DOI: 10.1002/ajmg.b.32316Eye color: A potential indicator of alcohol dependence risk in European Americans Arvis Sulovari et al. In archival samples of European-ancestry subjects, light-eyed individuals have been found to consume more alcohol than dark-eyed individuals. Show More Summary

Kalash origins

This is an open access paper.AJHG The Kalash Genetic Isolate: Ancient Divergence, Drift, and Selection Qasim Ayub et al. The Kalash represent an enigmatic isolated population of Indo-European speakers who have been living for centuries in the Hindu Kush mountain ranges of present-day Pakistan. Show More Summary

PCA and natural selection

arXiv:1504.04543 [q-bio.PE]Detecting genomic signatures of natural selection with principal component analysis: application to the 1000 Genomes data Nicolas Duforet-Frebourg et al.(Submitted on 8 Apr 2015)Large-scale genomic data offers the perspective to decipher the genetic architecture of natural selection. Show More Summary

mtDNA of Alaskan Eskimos

AJPA DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.22750 Mitochondrial diversity of Iñupiat people from the Alaskan North Slope provides evidence for the origins of the Paleo- and Neo-Eskimo peoples Jennifer A. Raff et al.ABSTRACT Objectives: All modern Iñupiaq...Show More Summary

Haplogroup G1, Y-chromosome mutation rate and migrations of Iranic speakers

The origin of Iranian speakers is a big puzzle as in ancient times there were two quite different groups of such speakers: nomadic steppe people such as Scythians and settled farmers such as Persians and Medes.I am guessing that theShow More Summary

Neandertal flutes debunked

Royal Society Open Science DOI: 10.1098/rsos.140022 ‘Neanderthal bone flutes’: simply products of Ice Age spotted hyena scavenging activities on cave bear cubs in European cave bear dens Cajus G. Diedrich Punctured extinct cave bearShow More Summary

Biology of Genomes titles

have been announced. A sample of interest is below: Population structure in African-Americans Contrasting patterns in the high-resolution variation of uniparental markers in European populations highlight very recent male-specific expansions...Show More Summary

In search of the source of Denisovan ancestry

bioRxiv Denisovan Ancestry in East Eurasian and Native American Populations. Pengfei Qin, Mark Stoneking Although initial studies suggested that Denisovan ancestry was found only in modern human populations...Show More Summary

Ice age Europeans on the brink of extinction

Ice-age Europeans roamed in small bands of fewer than 30, on brink of extinctionIn some cases, small bands of potentially as few as 20 to 30 people could have been moving over very large areas, over the whole of Europe as a single territory, according to Professor Ron Pinhasi, principal investigator on the EU-funded ADNABIOARC project. Show More Summary

Afanasievo, Okunev, Andronovo, Sintashta DNA?

A reader alerts me to this article in Russian, but you can use Google Translate to get the gist of it. Some interesting bits (note that "pit"=Yamna): I can not ignore the question I now have is particularly exciting - the origin of the Indo-Europeans. Show More Summary

Icelanders galore

A set of four papers in Nature Genetics today. All open access. Of interest from the Y-chromosome paper:When this rate was applied to estimate the TMRCA between two Y chromosomes that encompass the oldest known patrilineal bifurcation...Show More Summary

Ancient mtDNA from cis-Baikal area

Russian Journal of Genetics: Applied ResearchJanuary 2015, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 26-32 Mitochondrial DNA diversity in the gene pool of the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Cisbaikalian human population R. O. Trapezov, A. S. Pilipenko, V. Show More Summary

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