All posts tagged with demography

Link: History of The Population Bomb

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Charles C. Mann has written a historical account of Paul Ehrlich’s The Population Bomb as a part of Smithsonian magazine’s retrospective on the year 1968: “T...

Death in deep history

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I’ve kept a post by Kristina Killgrove sitting on my desktop for a long time. Although the post is specifically about a particular highly-reported study on a...

Longitudinal sampling

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This is cool, from Big Think: “563 - Pop by Lat and Pop by Long”.

Misinformation about brain evolution

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Due to Jerry Coyne, I encountered an interview in the Guardian with Colin Blakemore: “Colin Blakemore: How the human brain got bigger by accident and not thr...

The other story about the mammoth DNA

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I got to writing about a story a couple of years ago, and then stalled out. That happens every so often – remember, most of my research-related entries are m...

SNPs and culture history

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Razib lists a taxonomy of culture-gene historical scenarios. Real worked examples for several of these would be worthwhile.

An insertion into deep history

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A couple of weeks ago I noted a new article by Chad Huff and colleagues in PNAS. It wasn’t available yet when I wrote, but I’ve had the chance to study it no...

Double the bottlenecks

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Amos and Hoffman (2009) describe a study of microsatellite (STR) data taken from 53 populations – the HGDP dataset. They suggest that the worldwide diversity...

Norman Borlaug

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Yesterday, Nobel-Peace-Prize-winning agricultural scientist Norman Borlaug died. This AP story reviews his life and accomplishments. Without question, Borlau...

Plumbing for bottlenecks

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My series on mutual information and tests of selection (which began with "Information theory: a short introduction") is at a branching point. One of the crit...

mtDNA selection in Iceland?

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Leave it to me to have readers unwilling to ignore selection in recent populations! Here’s an e-mail:

Quote: Selection, stochasticity

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Reading through P. A. P. Moran’s book, The Statistical Processes of Evolutionary Theory, I found this passage (p. 12):

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...

Acceleration's discontents

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The June Scientific American (no link available) has an article on page 32 about the “therapeutic value of blogging.” That’s some relief, after the stories a...

This magic moment

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Today, the projected population of the Earth (available here) passed 6,666,666,666.