Craniometric Data Supports Demic Diffusion Model for the Spread of Agriculture into Europe – PLoS ONE

Greg Laden points to a paper by Ron Pinhasi and Noreen von Cramon-Taubadel, courtesy of PLoS ONE and which is free to access - here's the abstract: Background The spread of agriculture into Europe and the ancestry of the first European farmers have been subjects of debate and controversy among geneticists, archaeologists, linguists and anthropologists.... Continue Reading →

KIAA0319 – A New Candidate Gene For Language

The current issue of the Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders has published an open access paper announcing the discovery of a new candidate gene linked to language, KIAA0319. The paper is titled, "Convergent genetic linkage and associations to language, speech and reading measures in families of probands with Specific Language Impairment." The gene sits on short... Continue Reading →

Four Stone Hearth 74 @ natures/cultures

The latest edition of the anthropology blog carnival is hosted this time round at a blog with which I was previously unfamiliar, namely natures/cultures (getting with the nature fetish), and I can confidently assert that once again we have a host who has assembled an excellent and eclectic selection of news and research from the... Continue Reading →

Climate Shaped the Worldwide Distribution of Human Mitochondrial DNA Sequence Variation – Proc. R. Soc. B

Here's the abstract to a newly published paper, the contents of which are free to access: There is an ongoing discussion in the literature on whether human mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) evolves neutrally. There have been previous claims for natural selection on human mtDNA based on an excess of non-synonymous mutations and higher evolutionary persistence of... Continue Reading →

Coastal Exploitation of Ancient Foragers

Here's the abstract of a recent paper by Torben C. Rick and Jon M. Erlandson: The development and spread of agriculture and pastoralism during the past 10,000 years is often seen as the tipping point when humans fundamentally changed our relationship with the natural world. Ancient hunter-gatherers also altered their environments, although the extent to... Continue Reading →

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