Blog Profile / Dienekes' Anthropology Blog

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Spread of Leprosy into Medieval Europe

Infection, Genetics and EvolutionVolume 31, April 2015, Pages 250–256 A migration-driven model for the historical spread of leprosy in medieval Eastern and Central Europe Helen D. Donoghue et al. Leprosy was rare in Europe during the Roman period, yet its prevalence increased dramatically in medieval times. Show More Summary

Scandinavian team looking for Indo-Europeans in Kazakhstan

An article in the Astana Times. If anyone has any additional information via Kazakh or Scandinavian media, or can find the press release referred to in the article, feel free to share. Scandinavian Team Searches for Indo-European Homeland...Show More Summary

Italic "Eteocretan" Sea peoples?

Stranger things have happened...TALANTA XL-XLI (2008-2009), 151-172 AN ‘ETEOCRETAN’ INSCRIPTION FROM PRAISOS AND THE HOMELAND OF THE SEA PEOPLESLuuk de Ligt The whereabouts of the homeland or homelands of the so-called Sea Peoples have been endlessly debated. Show More Summary

Y chromosomes and Catalan surnames

Some really rich data in the supplements.European Journal of Human Genetics advance online publication 18 February 2015; doi: 10.1038/ejhg.2015.14 Y-chromosome diversity in Catalan surname samples: insights into surname origin and frequency Neus Solé-Morata et al. Show More Summary

Multiple opportunities for Out-of-Africa

Geology doi: 10.1130/G36401.1 Alluvial fan records from southeast Arabia reveal multiple windows for human dispersal Ash Parton et al. The dispersal of human populations out of Africa into Arabia was most likely linked to episodes of...Show More Summary

Bronze Age mixing of multiple populations => Armenians (?)

As far as I can tell, the hypothesis of "several mixtures" comes from looking at many pairs of populations and seeing that different types of pairs seem like they mixed to make Armenians. Possibility (1) is that Armenians have multiple mixtures, and possibility (2) is that none of the sources work very well.Hellenthal et al. Show More Summary

Late (not necessarily steppe) split of Proto-Indo-European

This is the paper that I saw referenced in a previous study. As I suspected, the paper does not in fact provide support specifically for the steppe hypothesis, but only for a late split of Proto-Indo-European (that is consistent with the steppe hypothesis but not unique to it). Show More Summary

Turkic language family time depth: 204BC

From the paper:The regular-sound-change tree estimates a mean divergence time between the outgroup Chuvash and other Turkic languages of 204 BCE, with a 95% credible interval of 605 BCE to 81 CE. This compares to proposals from glottochronological...Show More Summary

Why do East Asians have more Neandertal ancestry than Europeans?

This is quite the paradox, because even though Neandertals are now known to have existed all the way to the Altai, they were still overall a West Eurasian-distributed species. As far as I can tell, three explanations have been proposed:...Show More Summary

A story of 69 ancient Europeans

A new study on the bioRxiv includes data on 69 ancient Europeans (remember when we got excited in anticipation for the single genome of the Iceman? that was only three years ago) and adds plenty of new info to chew on for those of us interested in prehistory. Show More Summary

A genetic map of the British population

This article is a review that presents a genetic map of the British Isles from an upcoming study by Leslie et al. (2014) that is listed in the references as being "in press" in Nature. This may very well be the big POBI study of the British Isles that has been talked about for years now.Genetics February 1, 2015 vol. Show More Summary

Improving access to endogenous DNA in ancient bones and teeth

A new technical paper on the bioRxiv. Of interest is the group of samples, which includes some nice additions, including Bronze Age Hungary, Iron Age Denmark, and Post-1200AD Easter Island. Hopefully, we'll see genomes from these regions...Show More Summary

Strong (?) linguistic and archaeological evidence for steppe Indo-Europeans

In a new paper in Annual Review of Linguistics, David Anthony and Don Ringe make the archaeological and linguistic case for the steppe IE homeland hypothesis. It is very useful to see the evidence presented concisely in this way. OfShow More Summary

~55 thousand year old modern human from Manot cave in Israel

It seems that this abstract came online one day early on my news feed and will probably appear in Nature tomorrow. I will update this entry when the paper properly appears. This is of course very important because it directly provesShow More Summary

Les origines de la beauté

This seems like a very interesting project that has an associated Youtube channel. Old works of physical anthropology often included galleries of physical types of different ethnic and racial groups, and for many people this would have been one of the few opportunities to see people much different than themselves. Show More Summary

DNA & the Origins of Peoples: The Armenians

An excellent lecture from last summer: Hovann Simonian and Peter Hrechdakian delivered the 18th Annual Vardanants Day Armenian lecture on their work using social media to expand the nonprofit Armenian DNA Project, a Facebook group of more than 1,000 members around the world involved in researching Armenian family history through genetic testing.

Ancient mtDNA from collective burials in Germany

Journal of Archaeological ScienceVolume 51, November 2014, Pages 174–180Collective burials among agro-pastoral societies in later Neolithic Germany: perspectives from ancient DNA Esther J. Lee et al. Ancient DNA research has focusedShow More Summary

Bronze Age warrior from Poland

Google translation of original article:Skull warrior was in such good condition that the museum was tempted by an experiment - a reconstruction of his face. Tasks undertaken by the research team of Dr. Dorothy Lorkiewicz-Muszy?ska of the Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Medical Sciences. Show More Summary

Five people were buried in Amphipolis tomb

Bones found in Magnificent Amphipolis Tomb belong to Five People, Ministry Announced The Greek Ministry of Culture has announced the long-awaited results of the analysis on the bones found inside the 4th century BC tomb uncovered inShow More Summary

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