On The Genetic Similarities & Linguistic Diversity Of The People From The Bismarck Archipelago & Bougainville, Melanesia

A new paper in the open access journal PLoS Genetics reports on a comparison of genetic, geographic, and linguistic patterns of the diverse populations found on the major islands of the Bismarck Archipelago and Bougainville, Melanesia. The paper is titled, "Genetic and Linguistic Coevolution in Northern Island Melanesia." I think that Simon Greenhill of HENRY... Continue Reading →

The Mitochondrial & Y-Chromosome Variation Of The Talysh From Iran & Azerbaijan

Ivan Nasidze and Mark Stoneking, along with a half dozen or so other colleagues, have studied the mitochondrial and Y-chromosome diversity of the Talysh. They've published their analysis in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. The paper can be found under this title, "mtDNA and Y-chromosome variation in the Talysh of Iran and Azerbaijan." The... Continue Reading →

The Diversity of Languages in the Caucasus

The linguistic diversity of the Caucasus is a unique phenomenon, similar to that of New Guinea. There are approximately 6,000 languages spoken throughout the world currently and about 820 (~14%) of them are spoken in New Guinea. In the Caucasus, you can expect to find representative languages from the Kartvelian, Abkhaz-Adyghe, Lesgian, Nakh, Indo-European, Avar-Andi-Dido,... Continue Reading →

Pragmatic Systems Evident in Some Autism Patients

Robert Stainton at the University of Western Ontario and Jessica de Villiers of The University of British Columbia have recently conducted a study which aims to measure and define pragmatic capabilities of autism patients, specifically those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD. Previously, one of the defining features of ASD patients was the deficiency or... Continue Reading →

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