Blog Profile / Dienekes' Anthropology Blog

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Periods of human activity in Chauvet-Pont d'Arc cave

PNAS DOI: doi: 10.1073/pnas.1523158113 A high-precision chronological model for the decorated Upper Paleolithic cave of Chauvet-Pont d’Arc, Ardèche, France Anita Quiles et al. Radiocarbon dates for the ancient drawings in the Chauvet-Pont d’Arc Cave revealed ages much older than expected. Show More Summary

Nubian assemblages from the Negev

Nubian assemblages from the Levant are quite important because they provide an intermediate link (along land routes) between those from Africa and Arabia. It's also more difficult now to consider the Arabian finds as a limited event without broader implications about modern human dispersals. Show More Summary

Neandertal Y-chromosome (finally)

It's been six years since the publication of the draft Neandertal genome, and one piece of the puzzle that's always been missing is the Neandertal Y-chromosome (unfortunately most of the Neandertals yielding data were female). But, the...Show More Summary

Zhiren cave human remains: 116-106 ka old

Quaternary International doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2015.12.088 The age of human remains and associated fauna from Zhiren Cave in Guangxi, southern China Yanjun Cai et al. Zhiren Cave in southern China is an important site for the study of the origin and the environmental background of early modern humans. Show More Summary

Denisovan ancestry in Oceanians (and some in South Asians)

Current Biology DOI: The Combined Landscape of Denisovan and Neanderthal Ancestry in Present-Day Humans Sriram Sankararaman et al. Some present-day humans derive up to ?5% [ 1 ] of their ancestry from archaic Denisovans, an even larger proportion than the ?2% from Neanderthals [ 2 ]. Show More Summary

Middle (not Upper) Paleolithic hobbits

Nature (2016) doi:10.1038/nature17179 Revised stratigraphy and chronology for Homo floresiensis at Liang Bua in Indonesia Thomas Sutikna, Matthew W. Tocheri, Michael J. Morwood, E. Wahyu Saptomo, Jatmiko, Rokus Due Awe, Sri Wasisto, Kira E. Show More Summary

Bronze Age war in northern Germany

Slaughter at the bridge: Uncovering a colossal Bronze Age battle About 3200 years ago, two armies clashed at a river crossing near the Baltic Sea. The confrontation can’t be found in any history books—the written word didn’t become common in these parts for another 2000 years—but this was no skirmish between local clans. Show More Summary

Neandertal and Denisovan DNA from Melanesians

Admixture models are out of control these days, with 4 inferred archaic introgressions into three groups of Eurasians (Europeans, East Asians, Melanesians). The model on the left has to be a simplification/incomplete/wrong in some way...Show More Summary

Adaptation in the light of ancient genomes

Nature Communications 7, Article number: 10775 doi:10.1038/ncomms10775 Human adaptation and population differentiation in the light of ancient genomes Felix M. Key, Qiaomei Fu, Frédéric Romagné, Michael Lachmann and Aida M. Andrés The...Show More Summary

Preprint revolution in biology

A very nice article by Amy Harmon in the NY Times. Handful of Biologists Went Rogue and Published Directly to InternetOn Feb. 29, Carol Greider of Johns Hopkins University became the third Nobel Prize laureate biologist in a month to...Show More Summary

The dysgenic effects of modern civilization

I hope that strong AI and practical gene editing becomes a reality before this bleak future kicks in.GENETICS March 7, 2016 vol. 202 no. 3 869-875; DOI: 10.1534/genetics.115.180471 Mutation and Human Exceptionalism: Our Future Genetic...Show More Summary

Sima de los Huesos hominins were Proto-Neandertals

Nature (2016) doi:10.1038/nature17405 Nuclear DNA sequences from the Middle Pleistocene Sima de los Huesos homininsMatthias Meyer, Juan-Luis Arsuaga, Cesare de Filippo, Sarah Nagel, Ayinuer Aximu-Petri, Birgit Nickel, Ignacio Martínez,...Show More Summary

Stature/body mass index and socioeconomic status

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 08 March 2016)Height, body mass index, and socioeconomic status: mendelian randomisation study in UK Biobank Jessica Tyrrell, research fellow1 2, Samuel E Jones, associate...Show More Summary

No Y-chromosomes of recent Indian origin in Australians

Current Biology Deep Roots for Aboriginal Australian Y ChromosomesAnders Bergström et al. Australia was one of the earliest regions outside Africa to be colonized by fully modern humans, with archaeological evidence for human presence by 47,000 years ago (47 kya) widely accepted [ 1, 2 ]. Show More Summary

Are living Africans nested within Eurasian genetic variation (?)

The picture on the left (source) shows quite nicely that according to current understanding, Africans are nested within Eurasian genetic variation. The modern humans have the following structure:(Early modern human lineage detected as...Show More Summary

Archaic introgression in Pygmies

We must remember that detecting archaic admixture in Africa is a statistical power game where only a particular type of such introgression can be detected:First, it needs to be from highly diverged Palaeoafrican sources so that it will look very different from plain H. Show More Summary

Ancestors of Eastern Neandertals admixed with modern humans 100 thousand years ago

If true, this is very hard to reconcile with late (60kya) out of Africa and may be a smoking gun for pre-100kya presence of anatomically modern humans in Eurasia. From the paper:The inferred demographic model confirms and provides quantitative estimates of previously inferred gene flow events among modern and archaic humans2, 3 (Extended Data Fig. Show More Summary

Phenotypic effects of Neandertal admixture

Now that we know that Neandertal-introgressed DNA had (deleterious) functional consequences for modern humans, I think we also need a study on "useful stuff" conferred by Neandertal admixture. So far, the Neandertal genome has been used...Show More Summary

mtDNA from 55 hunter-gatherers across 35,000 years in Europe

The fact that UP Europeans had mtDNA haplogroup M really destroys any lingering justification for a coastal migration that first brought (M, N) to Asia and then a subset (N) into Europe.Another justification for the "Asia-first" model was the presence of Y-haplogroup C in Australians and Asians. Show More Summary

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