July 31, 2014
Wine cup of Pericles found
Wine cup used by Pericles found in grave north of Athens Experts are "99 per cent" su...
July 29, 2014
Lethal mutations quantified
A very interesting new preprint on the arXiv (so it can be freely read). The founder population is the Hutterites . The key sentence: Our ...
July 26, 2014
Ancestry of Cubans
PLoS Genet 10(7): e1004488. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1004488 Cuba: Exploring the History of Admi...
July 17, 2014
More selection on the X than in autosomes in humans
Mol Biol Evol (2014) doi: 10.1093/molbev/msu166 Evidence for Increased Levels of Positive and Negative Selection on the X Chromosome vers...
Craniofacial feminization and the origin of behavioral modernity
Current Anthropology Vol. 55, No. 4, August 2014 Robert L. Cieri et al. Abstract: The past 200,000 years of human cultural evolution ...
Early Neandertal disappearance in Iberia
Journal of Human Evolution DOI: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2014.06.002 New evidence of early Neanderthal disappearance in the Iberian Peninsula ...
July 15, 2014
I was reading one of the many negative reviews of Nicholas Wade's new book when I came across this statement : "The problem is ...
July 14, 2014
Armed conflict in the Sahara, ~13 thousand years ago
An interesting story from the Independent : Scientists are investigating what may be the oldest ...
July 08, 2014
Generalist Genes influence both reading and math ability
Nature Communications 5, Article number: 4204 doi:10.1038/ncomms5204 The correlation between reading and mathematics ability at age twel...
Neandertal-like temporal labyrinth of Xujiayao 15
From the press release: While it's tempting to use the finding of a Neandertal-shaped labyri...
July 02, 2014
Altitude adaptation in Tibetans came from Denisovans
This is somewhat strange given that Denisova cave is not at high altitude. Nature (2014) doi:10.1038/nature13408 Altitude adaptation in ...
June 26, 2014
4,000-year old chariot burial from Georgia
This would make it roughly contemporaneous to the chariot burials of the Sintashta-Petrovka culture of the European steppe. 4,000-Year-Old...
Neandertals ate their veggies
PLoS ONE 9(6): e101045. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0101045 The Neanderthal Meal: A New Perspective Using Faecal Biomarkers Ainara Sistiag...
June 21, 2014
Nonmetric dental traits and the origin of East Asians
AJPA DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.22537 Demographic transitions and migration in prehistoric East/Southea...
Sima de los Huesos hominins: ~430 thousand years old and on the Neandertal lineage
Science 20 June 2014: Vol. 344 no. 6190 pp. 1358-1363 DOI: 10.1126/science.1253958 Neandertal roots: Cranial and chronological evidence ...
June 15, 2014
Chimp mutation rate is equal to human mutation rate but driven more by males
This is important because (a) it shows evidence for the "slow" mutation rate in a species related to humans, (b) it shows that chi...
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