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Two recent bottleneck studies

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Note: I wrote this post in 2005. We know much more today about the population history of modern humans. This includes the bottleneck that led to the founding...

Sahelanthropus: a brief introduction

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Note: I wrote this post in 2005. Later posts detail my own research on Sahelanthropus. My research with collaborators ultimately took a critical perspective ...

Modern human origins: X marks the spot?

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Reference: Garrigan, Daniel, et al. 2005. Evidence for archaic Asian ancestry on the human X chromosome. Molecular Biology and Evolution 22(2):189-192.

Link: More on Intelligent Design

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An excellent discussion of the legal issues involved in current attempts to put intelligent design in public school curricula is an article by Michael C. Dor...

Frequently asked questions about the site

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Why do you use that huuuuge font? I'm trying to find your e-mail address, but it doesn't seem to be anywhere. Are you trying to mess with my mind? I have a ...

What restrained the chimpanzees?

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Working on a paper about early hominid lineage diversity, Milford [Wolpoff] has pointed out a sticking point in consideration of niche breadth in early homin...

Is Liang Bua pathological? Update

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Note: I wrote this post in 2004, just after the publications describing the LB1 skeleton and its context came out in Nature. My first post on the discovery c...

Australopithecus anamensis: overview

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Note: I wrote this post in 2004. Much additional evidence about Au. anamensis has come to light since that time. Later posts present more up-to-date informat...