The Impact Of Polygyny On Human Genetic Variation

This morning Dienekes pointed out a new paper in the open access journal PLoS Genetics on polygyny and its impact on human genetic variation. Razib followed suite, providing a more in depth review of the study. I recommend you check out both. In this post, I'm also gonna have a stab at reviewing the paper... Continue Reading →

Major Histocompatibility Complex And Human Mating Systems

Human mating systems are mediated by many different variables, from cultural preferences to religious alignments. In some places, people marry and mate within their class or ethnic group. But there are more subtle, almost subliminal conditions behind mating that often affect the outcome of genetic variation and evolution. While I was out of the country,... Continue Reading →

Zooarchaeological Analysis Of Animal Remains From Vanguard & Gorham’s Caves In Gibraltar

Zooarchaeology is an anthropological sub-discipline which focuses on studying animal remains from archaeological sites. Animal remains can tell us a lot of about prehistoric peoples' diets and behavioral tendencies as well as the ecological makeup of the area. A new PNAS paper investigates the zooarchaeological record of two Neandertal sites in Gibraltar, Vanguard and Gorham's... Continue Reading →

Mark Stoneking’s Four Models Of Human Origins

Mark Stoneking is a population geneticist at the Max Planck anthropology powerhouse. He uses genetics to study the origin, relationships, structure and migration patterns of human populations. He's written up a review of the origins of humans in the journal EMBO Reports under the title, "Human origins. The molecular perspective." I've tried to get access... Continue Reading →

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