All posts tagged with adaptation

Notable: Ancestry matters to ecogeography

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Notable paper: Roseman, CC, Auerbach BM. 2015. Ecogeography, genetics, and the evolution of human body form. Journal of Human Evolution 78: 80-90. doi:10.101...

Vestigial traits under the microscope

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Australian paleoanthropologist Darren Curnoe has been blogging at The Conversation, with some interesting posts. This week, he has written on the topic of ve...

Culture-gene coevolution and language

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Simon Fisher and Matt Ridley, in a recent essay in Science, discuss the relationship between the genetic mutations that distinguish humans and other primates...

Group life in primates

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Primates form different kinds of groups. While there is variation within every species, each species has its own typical range of group sizes. Primate groups...

Anthropology 105, lecture 5: Hemoglobin

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In this lecture, I do a bit of a departure by discussing a body part that is microscopic: the hemoglobin molecule that carries oxygen inside of our red blood...

Why do people differ in skin color?

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The color of human skin is determined by the amount of two pigments, eumelanin and pheomelanin. These pigments are the basic ones underlying all kinds of col...

Polygenic traits and directional selection

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This has been an eventful week for those of us who study the dynamics of recent selection in humans. The most significant event was the publication of a pape...