Blog Profile / Dienekes' Anthropology Blog

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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

Campanian Ignibrite and Neandertal demise

Geology doi:10.1130/G36514.1Campanian Ignimbrite volcanism, climate, and the final decline of the NeanderthalsBenjamin A. Black1, Ryan R. Neely2,3,4 and Michael Manga1The eruption of the Campanian Ignimbrite at ca. 40 ka coincided with the final decline of Neanderthals in Europe. Show More Summary

British origins (Leslie et al. 2015)

The long-awaited paper on the People of the British Isles has just appeared in Nature. I will update this entry with more information.Nature 519, 309–314 (19 March 2015) doi:10.1038/nature14230 The fine-scale genetic structure of the British population Stephen Leslie et al. Show More Summary

Natural selection and ancient European DNA

A new preprint on the bioRxiv studies the same data as the recent Haak et al. paper, but focuses on natural selection in Europe. Until recently, selection could only be studied by looking at modern populations, but since selection is...Show More Summary

Bottleneck in human Y-chromosomes in the last 10,000 years.

A very exciting new paper has just been published in Genome Research on 456 full sequence Y-chromosomes from around the world. The authors date the MRCA of Y-chromosomes ("Y chromosome Adam") to 254 (95% CI 192–307) kya, find coalescences...Show More Summary

Genetic pacification of Western Europeans (?)

Evolutionary – 2015. 13(1): 230-243 Western Europe, State Formation, and Genetic Pacification Peter Frost, Henry C. Harpending Through its monopoly on violence, the State tends to pacify social relations.Show More Summary

DNA of 17th century African slaves frome the Caribbean

PNAS doi: 10.1073/pnas.1421784112 Genome-wide ancestry of 17th-century enslaved Africans from the Caribbean Hannes Schroeder, María C. Ávila-Arcos et al. Between 1500 and 1850, more than 12 million enslaved Africans were transported to the New World. Show More Summary

Sveti Ivan relics Middle Eastern, mid-1st century AD

Irrespective of one's religious beliefs, a genome from the mid-1st century AD would be interesting. I am personally in favor of the scientific study of saints' relics.Bulgarian bones could be John the Baptist's, scientists saySo when...Show More Summary

Craniofacial plasticity in ancient Peru

Anthropologischer Anzeiger doi:10.1127/anthranz/2015/0458Craniofacial plasticity in ancient Peru Jessica H. Stone; Kristen Chew; Ann H. Ross; John W. VeranoNumerous studies have utilized craniometric data to explore the roles of genetic diversity and environment in human cranial shape variation. Show More Summary

Oxhide ingots in Scandinavian rock art

Antiquity / Volume 89 / Issue 343 / February 2015, pp 191-209 Representations of oxhide ingots in Scandinavian rock art: the sketchbook of a Bronze Age traveller? Johan Ling and Zofia Stos-Gale Bronze Age trade networks across Europe and the Mediterranean are well documented; Baltic amber and bronze metalwork were particularly valued commodities. Show More Summary

mtDNA from Lengyel culture in Poland

PLoS ONE 10(2): e0118316. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0118316 Between the Baltic and Danubian Worlds: The Genetic Affinities of a Middle Neolithic Population from Central Poland Wies?aw Lorkiewicz et al. For a long time, anthropological...Show More Summary

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