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The first industrial revolution

Eyed sewing needles from Ice Age Europe (17,000 to 10,000 BP). (source: Didier Descouens ) As early modern humans spread farther north, they entered more challenging environments. This was particularly so when they left the boreal forests and entered the open steppe-tundra that covered much of northern Eurasia. Show More Summary

The brown man with blue eyes

Venus of Willendorf (30,000 – 27,000 BP). Is that a special headdress … or peppercorn hair? (source: Matthias Kabel) Europeans already had blue eyes while still hunter-gatherers. This is what we’ve learned after retrieving ancient DNA...Show More Summary

Looking ahead to 2014

When did early Europeans acquire their palette of eye colors? And their palette of hair colors? That question may soon be answered with retrieval of ancient DNA. (source: Dipoar) As the new year begins, I’m particularly interested in the following topics. Show More Summary

Looking back over 2013

Cameron Russell. She looks nice in a long skirt. Source: Ted Talks The year is ending, and it’s time to take stock. Which posts interested you the most? Here are the five most popular ones, with the number of visits to each post: White...Show More Summary

Origins of Northwest European guilt culture. Part II

Reconstructed Mesolithic roundhouse near Northumberland, Great Britain ( source : Andrew Curtis) At different times and in different regions, humans have entered larger social environments that are no longer limited to close kin. Because...Show More Summary

The origins of Northwest European guilt culture

Ruth Benedict first made the distinction between “shame cultures” and “guilt cultures” (source). Pervasive feelings of guilt are part of a behavioral package that enabled Northwest Europeans to adapt to complex social environments where kinship is less important and where rules of correct behavior must be obeyed with a minimum of surveillance. Show More Summary

Does Nyborg's study make sense?

Immigrants to Denmark come largely from the Muslim world, where fertility rates are converging to the European norm. In the future, most immigrants will come from sub-Saharan Africa, where the fertility decline has stalled and has actually reversed in some countries. Show More Summary

Cleansing the scientific literature

Morten Østergaard, Minister for Research, Innovation, and Higher Education ( source: Vic Val ). Morten, if you’re reading this post, please reply to my e-mail. I first learned about Danish psychologist Helmuth Nyborg while working on my doctoral thesis. Show More Summary

The White man has no friends

Togolese representation of a white man (source) In a previous post, I wrote that the recently published book De quelle couleur sont les Blancs ? was originally supposed to provide a new perspective on French race relations. How do the...Show More Summary

The ancestors with no descendants

Venus of Mal’ta, a figurine from a site in eastern Siberia ( source ). She comes from a population that was related to modern Europeans and Amerindians but not to modern native Siberians. The Mal’ta Siberians died out at the height of the last ice age and were replaced by people spreading north from East Asia and west from Beringia. Show More Summary

What color are Whites?

(source) I’m one of the contributors to a recently published French book De quelle couleur sont les Blancs? The following is an abstract: Within each human population, skin color varies mainly by age and by sex. These two sources of variation dominate the range of complexions one sees as long as the third source, ethnicity, contributes little. Show More Summary

The cagots

Holy water font reserved for cagots, church in Saint-Savin, France (source). Why were the cagots segregated? The cagots were a caste of people who used to live on both sides of the Pyrenees in southwestern France and northern Spain.Show More Summary

Japan: A north-south cline in mental and behavioral traits

IQ, height, and homicide rate in Japan (red = lowest value, light blue = highest value) ( Kura, 2013 ). The longer and harsher the winter, the greater the need for cognition and male solidarity? The Japanese are descended from the intermixture...Show More Summary

The Paekchong of Korea

An outdoor play where a Paekchong is about to kill a bull. In pre-modern Korea, the Paekchong were outcastes whose occupations tended to involve the taking of life, like butchery, leather making, and capital punishment. (source: Jon Dunbar, link) Like Japan with its Burakumin, Korea used to have its own outcastes: the Paekchong (or Baekjeong). Show More Summary

French Canadians: The unexplained genetic diversity

Interior of a magasin général (source: photographiquement Frank). Wherever there was less competition from British or American merchants, it was easier for French Canadians to go into business. These same regions also have unusually high rates of neurological disorders, including Tay-Sachs. Show More Summary

Brainwashed by a microbe?

Toxoplasma gondii (source: A.J. Cann) It’s long been known that many organisms are parasites, i.e., they survive by living off a host. In recent years we’ve learned that some of them can improve on their life strategy by manipulating their host’s behavior. Show More Summary

From Slavs to slaves. Part II

St. Adalbert freeing Slavic slaves (source). With the Christianization of Eastern Europe, the trade in fair-skinned women and boys came to an end. The white slave trade played a key role in ending the Dark Ages—this seemingly unending downward spiral that followed the collapse of the Roman Empire. Show More Summary

From Slavs to Slaves

The Slave Market, painting (c. 1884) by Jean-Léon Gérôme (source) Can Europeans, and European women in particular, become objects of trade? The idea seems laughable, since the term ‘slave trade’ almost always brings Africans to mind....Show More Summary

Why are we the naked ape?

Infant stump-tailed macaque (source). Other photos showing adults and infants (courtesy of Monte M. Taylor and Christopher H. Taylor). Why do humans have so little body hair? This question is addressed by Sandel (2013) in his comparative review of hair density in 23 primates and 29 nonprimate mammals. Show More Summary

Is something afoot with Bigfoot?

Purported Yeti scalp at Khumjung Monastery (source). Has DNA been retrieved from it for the Oxford-Lausanne Collateral Hominid Project? Over a year ago, geneticist Bryan Sykes launched the Oxford-Lausanne Collateral Hominid Project:Show More Summary

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