Thank you, Dienekes. I look forward to scientific progress in anthropology that the new year will bring. I am very grateful for you bloggers who are heavily into anthropology and population genetics, who help provide the rest of us with knowledge and in-depth analyses.
Happy New Year!Keep the good work.Interesting stuff, ancient DNA:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8435317.stm
Happy new year, Dienekes and everyone. Thank you for your blog. @ Kepler, that would be that individual, right ? http://www.donsmaps.com/images8/kostenkihead.jpg
Thanks,Kepler, this is really the first day of a new year."The researchers were able to assign the Kostenki individual to haplogroup "U2", which is relatively uncommon among modern populations. U2 appears to be scattered at low frequencies in populations from South and Western Asia, Europe and North Africa. Despite its rarity, the very presence of this haplogroup in today's Europeans suggests some continuity between Palaeolithic hunters and the continent's present-day inhabitants, argue the authors of the latest study. U2, along with closely related haplogroups such as U5, are among those which could plausibly have arrived in Europe during the Palaeolithic. Geneticists use well-established techniques to "date" particular genetic events, such as when a haplogroup first diversified. The "U" branch (comprising haplogroups U1, U2, U3 and so on) appears to be more ancient than many other genetic lineages found in Europe. A recent study found a very high percentage of U types in the skeletal remains of ancient hunter-gatherers from Central Europe compared with later farming immigrants and modern people from the region. Meanwhile, an analysis last year of mtDNA from 28,000-year-old remains unearthed at Paglicci Cave in Italy showed this individual belonged to haplogroup "H" - the most common type found in modern Europeans".A few days ago Prof. Palanichamy asked me the sample of an Italian U2d I found on SMGF and put on Mitosearch. That U2d is in Italy at least from 40,000 years.
Happy New Year to all.Thanks to Dienekes for his hard work. You provide a great service.VV
Happy New Year Dienekes!
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