May 28, 2016
British Celts have more steppe ancestry than British English
An interesting tidbit in a preprint about blood pressure genes: We consistently obtained significantly positive f4 statistics, implying th...
May 27, 2016
The great migration of African Americans
PLoS Genet 12(5): e1006059. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1006059 The Great Migration and African-Ame...
May 19, 2016
35,000 year old mtDNA haplogroup U6 from Romania
I wouldn't be very surprised if many of the markers supposedly signifying recent gene flow Africa and Eurasia were actually quite old in...
May 12, 2016
Luwians vs. Hittites and Mycenaeans vs. Luwians
A rather imaginative reconstruction of the events surrounding the Sea Peoples and the ending of th...
May 11, 2016
74 loci associated with educational attainment
Other than the claim in the abstract that educational attainment is "mostly environmentally determined" (*), this seems like a ve...
May 08, 2016
Natural selection in Britain during the last 2,000 years
The latest ancient DNA studies from the British Isles ( Schiffels et al and Martiniano et al. and Cassidy et al. ) support continuity over...
May 02, 2016
Neandertal ancestry, going, going, ..., gone (?)
A deluge of new data from Upper Paleolithic Europe will give us all a lot to think about. It is in...
May 01, 2016
April 30, 2016
More on Kennewick Man
A new technical report re-analyzes the data of Rasmussen et al. study on Kennewick man and confirms...
April 25, 2016
Bursts in human male demography
From the paper: When the tree is calibrated with a mutation rate estimate of 0.76 × 10-9 mutatio...
April 24, 2016
Jewish and Indian ancestry in the Bene Israel
PLoS ONE 11(3): e0152056. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0152056 The Genetics of Bene Israel from India Reveals Both Substantial Jewish and Ind...
April 14, 2016
Periods of human activity in Chauvet-Pont d'Arc cave
PNAS DOI: doi: 10.1073/pnas.1523158113 A high-precision chronological model for the decorated Upper Paleolithic cave of Chauvet-Pont d’Arc...
April 10, 2016
Nubian assemblages from the Negev
Nubian assemblages from the Levant are quite important because they provide an intermediate link (along land routes) between those from Afri...
April 07, 2016
Neandertal Y-chromosome (finally)
It's been six years since the publication of the draft Neandertal genome, and one piece of the puzzle that's always been missing is ...
April 01, 2016
Zhiren cave human remains: 116-106 ka old
Quaternary International doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2015.12.088 The age of human remains and associated fauna from Zhiren Cave in Guangxi, south...
March 31, 2016
Denisovan ancestry in Oceanians (and some in South Asians)
Current Biology DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2016.03.037 The Combined Landscape of Denisovan and Neanderthal Ancestry in Present-...
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