The Y-chromosome landscape of the Philippines: extensive heterogeneity and varying genetic affinities of Negrito and non-Negrito groups
Frederick Delfin1,2, Jazelyn M Salvador1, Gayvelline C Calacal1, Henry B Perdigon1, Kristina A Tabbada1, Lilian P Villamor1, Saturnina C Halos1, Ellen Gunnarsdóttir2, Sean Myles1,6, David A Hughes2, Shuhua Xu3, Li Jin3, Oscar Lao4, Manfred Kayser4, Matthew E Hurles5, Mark Stoneking2 and Maria Corazon A De Ungria1
The Peopling of the Aleutians
A blogger on Eupedia’s genetics forum has deduced the haplogroups of many European kings and queens from living descendants who have been tested. It has long been known that mtDNA haplogroup H dominated the lines of Europe’s aristocracies, while Y chromosomal R1b was the most common male lineage.
Haplogroup N1a became prominent in genetics literature when Wolfgang Haak et al.’s studies on 7500 year old skeletons in Central Europe revealed that 25% of the Neolithic European population might have belonged to this lineage. The skeletons were found to be members of the Linear Pottery Culture (LBK ware) which is credited with being the first farming culture in Central Europe.
Thoughts about the origin of mitochondrial haplogroup B and Mother Earth symbolism among the Hopi, Zuni, Hohokam, Fremont Indians and others
I got a holiday present from my wife of an unusual little book titled On the Trail of Spider Woman. Petroglyphs, Pictographs, and Myths of the Southwest, by Carol Patterson-Rudolph (Santa Fe: Ancient City Press, 1997). Putting this intriguing study together with a travel book by David Hatcher Childress, my son and I took a 4-day road trip into the homeland of the Indians credited with having the first civilization in the Southwest, a settled town life marked by desert agriculture, canals, pottery, baskets, ballcourts, plazas and adobe pueblos, pithouses and kivas.
Using DNA extracted from a finger bone found in Denisova Cave in southern Siberia, we have sequenced the genome of an archaic hominin to about 1.9-fold coverage. This individual is from a group that shares a common origin with Neanderthals.
Using mitochondrial DNA to test the hypothesis of a European post-glacial human recolonization from the Franco-Cantabrian refuge
O García1,4, R Fregel2,4, J M Larruga2, V Álvarez3, I Yurrebaso1, V M Cabrera2 and A M González2
Wrong. According to a correction in Nature, it was discovered by Swiss physician Friedrich Miescher in 1869, nearly a hundred years before.
What Happens When ‘Pressure of Natural Selection’ Ceases?Maybe I do not understand “classic Darwinism,” but I am puzzled by the claims of numerous articles in leading scientific journals that evolutionary change in human beings is “accelerating.”
Article: New Light on Human Prehistory in the Arabo-Persian Gulf Oasis
By Jeffrey I. Rose
Current Anthropology, 51:849–883, December 2010