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Blog Profile / Dienekes' Anthropology Blog

Filed Under:Academics / Anthropology
Posts on Regator:2258
Posts / Week:6.3
Archived Since:March 13, 2008

Blog Post Archive

E-M81 in Morocco

Hum Biol. 2014 May;86(2):105-12. Phylogeography of e1b1b1b-m81 haplogroup and analysis of its subclades in morocco. Reguig A, Harich N, Barakat A, Rouba H. AbstractIn this study we analyzed 295 unrelated Berber-speaking men from northern,...Show More Summary

Paternal lineages and languages in the Caucasus

An interesting new study on Y chromosome and languages in the Caucasus. The distribution of haplogroups is on the left. The authors make some associations of haplogroups with language families: R1b: Indo-European R1a: Scytho-Sarmatian J2: Hurro-Urartian G2: Kartvelian Hum Biol. Show More Summary

Genome of Kostenki-14, an Upper Paleolithic European (Seguin-Orlando, Korneliussen, Sikora, et al. 2014)

A new paper in Science reports on the genome of Kostenki-14 (K14), an Upper Paleolithic European from Russia. This is now the third oldest Homo sapiens for which we have genetic data, after Ust'-Ishim (Siberia, 45 thousand years), Tianyuan (China, 40 thousand years), and now Kostenki (European part of Russia, 37 thousand years). Show More Summary

High coverage genome from 45,000-year old Siberian (Ust'-Ishim)

This is the oldest full genome of a modern human published to date and it also comes from a time (45 thousand years ago) that coincides with the Upper Paleolithic revolution in Eurasia.45 thousand years ago is probably close to when Eurasians started diverging from each other as they spread in all directions. Show More Summary

Ancient DNA from prehistoric inhabitants of Hungary

A very interesting new article on Europe describes new data from ancient Hungary from the Neolithic to the Iron Age. It is open access, so go ahead and read it. I will update this entry with some comments after I read the paper myself.UPDATE...Show More Summary

Ancestry Composition preprint

This is one of the main ancestry tools of 23andMe so it is nice to see its methodology described in detail. bioRxiv Ancestry Composition: A Novel, Efficient Pipeline for Ancestry Deconvolution Eric Y Durand et al. Show More Summary

Tomb II at Vergina belonged to Philip II and a possible Scythian wife

Remains of Alexander the Great's Father Confirmed FoundA team of Greek researchers has confirmed that bones found in a two-chambered royal tomb at Vergina, a town some 100 miles away from Amphipolis's mysterious burial mound, indeed belong to the Macedonian King Philip II, Alexander the Great's father. Show More Summary

~40 thousand year old cave art from Indonesia

The BBC website has some nice pictures of it. Nature 514, 223–227 (09 October 2014) doi:10.1038/nature13422 Pleistocene cave art from Sulawesi, Indonesia M. Aubert et al. Archaeologists have long been puzzled by the appearance in Europe...Show More Summary

43,500-year old Aurignacian north of the Alps

PNAS doi: 10.1073/pnas.1412201111 Early modern human settlement of Europe north of the Alps occurred 43,500 years ago in a cold steppe-type environmentPhilip R. Nigst et al. The first settlement of Europe by modern humans is thought to have occurred between 50,000 and 40,000 calendar years ago (cal B.P.). Show More Summary

A limited genetic link between Mansi and Hungarians

Mol Genet Genomics. 2014 Sep 26. [Epub ahead of print] Y-SNP L1034: limited genetic link between Mansi and Hungarian-speaking populations. Fehér T1, Németh E, Vándor A, Kornienko IV, Csáji LK, Pamjav H. Abstract Genetic studies noted that the Hungarian Y-chromosomal gene pool significantly differs from other Uralic-speaking populations. Show More Summary

Levallois technology in Nor Geghi 1, Armenia

From the paper: Empirical evidence supports the contention that Levallois technology is an inherent property of the Acheulian that evolves out of the existing, but previously separate technological systems of façonnage and débitage (7,...Show More Summary

ESHE 2014 abstracts

The abstracts for the European Society for the study of Human Evolution meeting that just took place are available in this PDF.

23andMe mega-study on different American groups

It's great to see that the massive dataset of 23andMe was used for a study like this that seeks to capture the landscape of ancestry of different American groups.First, distribution of ancestry in African Americans: The higher fraction of African ancestry in the south and of European ancestry in the north, shouldn't be very surprising. Show More Summary

Murderous chimps

Nature 513, 414–417 (18 September 2014) doi:10.1038/nature13727 Lethal aggression in Pan is better explained by adaptive strategies than human impacts Michael L. Wilson et al. Observations of chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and bonobos (Pan paniscus) provide valuable comparative data for understanding the significance of conspecific killing. Show More Summary

Ancient mtDNA from southern Africa related to San

Genome Biol Evol (2014) doi: 10.1093/gbe/evu202 First Ancient Mitochondrial Human Genome from a Pre-Pastoralist Southern African Alan G. Morris et al. The oldest contemporary human mitochondrial lineages arose in Africa. The earliest...Show More Summary

ASHG 2014 titles

Some interesting titles from the ASHG 2014 conference. No abstracts as of yet.The human X chromosome is the target of megabase wide selective sweeps associated with multi-copy genes expressed in male meiosis and involved in reproductive isolation. Show More Summary

An archaeological scenario for Out of Arabia

Jeffrey Rose and Anthony Marks have a preprint in which he details an archaeological scenario for the emergence of the Emiran (arguably the best candidate for the ur-Upper Paleolithic at the moment) from Arabian progenitors who themselves had Northeast African Nubian Levallois progenitors. Show More Summary

Amphipolis caryatid

The constant stream of discoveries from the Amphipolis tomb are fascinating. It is not often that one sees archaeology reported almost in "real time".It is clear that a tomb with a 500m perimeter from the last quarter of the 4th c. BC (i) was built for someone very important, and (ii) someone that is in the history books. Show More Summary

Jack the Ripper = Aaron Kosminski (?)

WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Jack the Ripper unmasked: How amateur sleuth used DNA breakthrough to identify Britain's most notorious criminal 126 years after string of terrible murders The landmark discovery was made after businessman Russell Edwards,...Show More Summary

Chernykh on Eurasian metallurgy

Bell Beaker blogger points me to this excellent new review of the Eurasian Metallurgical Provinces scheme of Yevgeny Chernykh. I also include an abstract from an earlier study by the author.Of interest:The metallurgical contacts andShow More Summary

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