August 21, 2014
Ancient Y-DNA from China
From the paper: Dividing the samples further using social status shows that the six aristocrats had haplogroups Q1a1, O3a, and N, the 14 c...
Neandertal demise followed contact with modern humans (but not immediately)
Important: Southern Iberia has been held to represent an exception to a wider European pattern21...
Tuberculosis is 6,000 years old
... and sea mammals (not Europeans) introduced it to the New World. Nature (2014) doi:10.1038/nature13591 Pre-Columbian mycobacterial g...
August 17, 2014
Indo-Europeans preceded Finno-Ugrians in Finland and Estonia
According to an abstract of a Ph.D thesis (below). This would appear to work well with the dating of the signature Y-chromosome haplogroup...
August 15, 2014
ISBA 2014 titles
Some interesting talks and posters from the upcoming International Symposium on Biomolecular Archaeology . I don't see any abstracts on ...
mtDNA from Chalcolithic Iberia (El Mirador cave)
A very exciting new study from Chalcolithic Iberia. The authors compare their mtDNA data with thos...
August 12, 2014
168 South Asian Genomes
PLoS ONE 9(8): e102645. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0102645 The South Asian Genome John C. Chamb...
August 09, 2014
New estimates of human mtDNA node dates and substitution rates (Rieux et al. 2014)
This is a quite useful paper as it compares different methods of obtaining mutation rate estimates, ...
August 08, 2014
mtDNA haplogroup V7 from ~5,000-year old kurgan of the Novosvobodnaya culture
I am not sure that the finding of a single mtDNA V7 sample suggest "a role of the TRB culture in the development of the Novosvobodnaya ...
August 06, 2014
Dairy farming transition ~2,500 years BC in the far north of Europe
Proceedings of the Royal Society B doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.0819 Neolithic dairy farming at the extreme of agriculture in northern Europe ...
Yfitter preprint and software
arXiv:1407.7988 [q-bio.PE] YFitter: Maximum likelihood assignment of Y chromosome haplogroups from low-coverage sequence data Luke Josti...
Craniofacial morphology of Greeks through 4,000 years
Anthropol Anz. 2014;71(3):237-57. Craniofacial morphology in ancient and modern Greeks through 4,000 years. Papagrigorakis MJ, Kousouli...
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...
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