August 06, 2016
China's Great Flood and the rise of the Xia dynasty
From a related story: Massive flood may have led to China's earliest empire : Many cultures...
July 19, 2016
Educational achievement predicted by DNA
Predicting 9% of educational achievement from DNA is quite good. The authors used genotype arrays, so there's obvious room for growth in...
July 11, 2016
Y-chromosome haplogroup N phylogeny resolved
AJHG Volume 99, Issue 1, p163–173, 7 July 2016 Human Y Chromosome Haplogroup N: A Non-trivial Time-Resolved Phylogeography that Cuts acros...
June 27, 2016
37,000 year old skull from Malaysia related to indigenous people of Borneo
Front. Ecol. Evol. , 27 June 2016 | http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2016.00075 Deep Skull from Niah Cave and the Pleistocene Peopling of So...
June 24, 2016
Population history with physically phased genomes
bioRxiv doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/008367 Modeling human population separation history using physically phased genomes Shiya Song, E...
June 21, 2016
Panorama of African admixture
I remember how in the early days of online discussions of anthropology a constant topic of content...
June 08, 2016
700 thousand year old ancestors of H. floresiensis
Nature 534, 245–248 (09 June 2016) doi:10.1038/nature17999 Homo floresiensis-like fossils from the early Middle Pleistocene of Flores ...
June 07, 2016
Neolithic Aegean genomes
I had covered this paper when it went on the bioRxiv, but the final version has been published in...
Ancient DNA and human history
A very useful review of the field c. mid-2016. The only major addition would be the study on Upper...
Mungo Man DNA revisited + first ancient mtDNA from Australia
The authors find that previously published mtDNA from earliest Australians was contamination, and one S2 mtDNA haplogroup in an undated samp...
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...
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