All posts tagged with acceleration

Selection and lactase persistence

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I received a letter about lactase persistence that motivated me to a fairly long reply; I thought I would share the question and answer:

My article in Scientific American

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The current issue of Scientific American is specially devoted to human evolution. There are great articles by Kate Wong, Ian Tattersall, Frans de Waal, Berna...

Upcoming events: Wisconsin Science Festival

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I’ve had a very busy and interesting week at the European Society for Human Evolution meetings, and haven’t had a chance to update, and I’m on my way to Chic...

My review of "Paleofantasy"

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I have a review of Marlene Zuk’s new book, Paleofantasy, in this week’s Nature: “Evolutionary biology: Twisting the tale of human evolution” Hawks:Paleofanta...

Recent evolution of coding variants

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How did I get myself quoted in a story as the skeptic about recent human evolution? (“Human Evolution Enters an Exciting New Phase”). After all, I’ve been a ...

How I got into anthropology

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I was noodling around online and found a video interview from last year’s Darwin Day event here at UW. Regular readers won’t learn anything new in the first ...

Human population history makes a difference

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Alon Keinan and Andrew Clark have a short report in the current Science examining the effects of recent human population growth on the expected spectrum of h...

Kaku cockup

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I can’t bear to watch it again, and I don’t see why I should tolerate anyone else having to watch it. But I can’t sit quietly while physicist Michio Kaku tel...

Genes and archaeology

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Current Biology has released a special issue titled “Global genetic history of Homo sapiens”. There is much of interest in this issue, with seven papers, mos...

Humans still evolving…

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Time has a story about Stephen Stearns and colleagues’ work characterizing ongoing selection using the Framingham Heart Study sample:

Overstating the obvious

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I’m reading this interesting paper by Joseph Pickrell and colleagues, titled, “Signals of recent positive selection in a worldwide sample of human population...

The 10,000 Year Explosion

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I want to point people interested in recent human evolution to a new book, The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution.

Biology and culture in recent selection

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This isn’t a long essay; just a pointer to a Nature feature by Erika Check Hayden where I make an appearance to represent the anthropological viewpoint on re...

Mailbag: Chance and recent selection

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Our work on recent selection was featured in Discover magazine this month. I’ll link to that later. In the meantime, I’ve been getting some thoughtful letter...

Surfing and recent selection

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Genetic Future and Gene Expression have commented today on the relative roles of selection and demography in shaping the genetic differences between populati...

Recent evolution in Newsweek

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I very much appreciate that Newsweek has started including a regular opinion column on science, written by Sharon Begley. I don’t always like it, but it plac...

Hawks featured in Science News

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Bruce Bower has a really nice feature article in Science News about my work on hearing and recent selection:

Hawks in U.S. News

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I’m featured in an article in U.S. News and World Report, by Nancy Shute. It was a great interview, and she’s put together our work on recent acceleration wi...

Tracking back to acceleranistas

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I've had a very busy couple of days, and haven't been maintaining my reading-and-linking as much as I had hoped. So I wanted to take a few minutes to do a q...

Why human evolution accelerated

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n. b. This is a story about my work on recent human evolution, describing some of the main results and how the work came about. The story refers to my paper ...

Things I didn't expect to happen today

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I am absolutely overwhelmed by the interest and press given to our paper about acceleration of human evolution. So far, the paper hasn't yet shown up online...

Human evolution has accelerated

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The embargo has now ended on the second, and far more important paper that I mentioned the other day. It is a product of work I've been doing with Bob Moyzi...

That acceleration thing

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If you've come via a link about my current work, please welcome! I'm really not going to write about it here until our publication -- journals can be persni...