All posts tagged with Denisova

ZooMS finds more Denisovans

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A nice news article in Nature about the “zooarchaeology by mass spectrometry”, or ZooMS work being done at Denisova Cave by Katerina Douka and coworkers: “De...

Another Denisovan from Denisova Cave

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Denisova Cave is one of the most fascinating places in the story of human origins. The cave is in the northern wall of the Anuy River valley, within the Alta...

Ghost populations and ancient DNA

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The rapidly changing field of ancient DNA has settled into a kind of normal science, as several teams of researchers have coalesced around a set of approache...

The Altai Neandertal

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It is notable that we now have evidence for interbreeding among every kind of hominin we have DNA from, and some we don’t.

The Denisova-Sima de los Huesos connection

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I direct your attention to a new paper by Mattias Meyer and colleagues describing a mitochondrial DNA sequence from Sima de los Huesos, Spain (Meyer et al. 2...

Hunting the Denisovan belt

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The other day I was having a long conversation about Denisovans and human origins. My friend suggested that “Denisovans” sound like some kind of Star Trek ci...

A new high-coverage Neandertal genome

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Today, Svante Pääbo’s group at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology released high-coverage sequence data from a toe bone from Denisova Cave...

Speaking of Neandertal FOXP2

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Tomislav Maricic and colleagues from Svante Pääbo’s group have reported finding a regulatory change in the gene FOXP2 that may be of relevance to the evoluti...

Neandertal anti-defamation files, 17

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Let no one say that I’m an uncritical voice about the many advantages of releasing preprints. They do have their downsides. Lack of editing is one.

The fused chromosome 2 was in Denisova

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In my post on the new Denisova paper the other day (“Denisova at high coverage”), I forgot to mention one interesting detail in the new paper by Mattias Meye...

Denisova at high coverage

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Science today has released the new paper on the Denisova high-coverage genome by Mattias Meyer and colleagues from Svante Pääbo’s group Meyer:Denisova:2012. ...

Mailbag: Denisovan diversity

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I just watched the National Geographic documentary "Sex in the Stone Age" and was surprised by the reference to the discovery of a 2nd Denisovan tooth, one w...

The anthropologist and the kurgans

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There are many stories from my travels last summer that I haven’t yet told here. I’ve been thinking that I need to get them written down, so that I’ll have m...

Sex in the Stone Age

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I’ve just gotten word that the long-awaited Denisova documentary on the National Geographic Channel is running next Thursday night at 10:00 pm Eastern in the...

Denisova APOE status

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I got thinking this evening about APOE, which includes a very well-known polymorphism of three alleles, where the most ancient (ApoE4) is associated signific...

Upcoming lecture in Madison

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I’m giving a public lecture this Thursday evening at the Wisconsin Historical Society, basically an overview of Denisova Cave in the context of the archaeolo...

Braiding Denisovans into our ancestry

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Dalton Luther reflects on the Denisovan admixture paper Skoglund:Jakobsson:2011 that I wrote about earlier this week (“How widespread is Denisovan ancestry t...

How widespread is Denisovan ancestry today?

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Last month, David Reich and colleagues Reich:Denisova:2011 reported on estimates of Denisovan ancestry for island and mainland Asian populations. Their most ...

Quirks and Quarks, Denisova edition

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I was interviewed last month for the CBC radio broadcast, “Quirks and Quarks”. They have done a segment on the Denisova genome, with contributions from David...

Archaic genome snooping from GWAS

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The 23andMe blog reports on a recent genome-wide association study of type 2 diabetes in South Asian people: “SNPWatch: Genetic Variants Associated with Type...

Ancient genomes review

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Mark Stoneking and Johannes Krause present a review article in the current Nature Reviews Genetics Stoneking:Krause:2011 that gives an overview of the scienc...

Ancient genomes giving up their secrets

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Last week, Nature ran a story by Ewen Callaway Callaway:Neandertal:2011 that hits the highlights of research on ancient genomes this year: “Ancient DNA revea...

Ascending the Altai

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On July 3, around 20 scientists left Novosibirsk by van to drive out to the permanent field camp at Denisova Cave in the low Altai mountains. The place is 52...

Tweeting from Denisova

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By the miracle of Amazon, I have been using my Kindle 3G to tweet from the Altai. It is far from an ideal blogging tool, so I will keep this to a short updat...

Older and younger Acheulean in India

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Shanti Pappu and colleagues Pappu:2011 report on date estimates resulting from new excavations at the old site of Attarampakkam, India. The news element is t...

Denisovans did not have red hair

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At least, the Denisova sequence does not have any of the variants in humans that are associated with red hair. Nor does it share the unique Neandertal varian...

Denisova microcephalin status

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I’m still doing quick mining of the Denisova sequence for obvious things. One of the simplest is the polymorphism in microcephalin (MCPH1) that Evans and col...

Denisova FOXP2 status

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In the Denisova hubbub last month (“Denisova genome FAQ”) I didn’t hear anyone talking about the FOXP2 sequence of the Denisovans. I can’t swear that the pap...

Merry Christmas

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Razib’s post, “The paradigm is dead, long live the paradigm”, is a personal remembrance of the modern human origins problem, from his perspective. It include...

The Denisova genome FAQ

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Today, a paper by David Reich and colleagues presents the nuclear genome of the Denisova pinky bone Reich:Denisova:2010. This is the second whole genome of a...

Time to revise the mtDNA timescale?

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Krzysztof Cyran and Marek Kimmel (2010) have presented a revised set of estimates of the human mtDNA most recent common ancestor (MRCA). It’s an interesting...

More X-Woman thoughts

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I had a great session with my advanced students yesterday running through different evolutionary scenarios for the X-Woman. This and some later posts will fo...

Denisova photos

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Spiegel online has a nice slideshow including several of Johannes Krause’s photos from Denisova, and some other shots of Neandertals.

Almas

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I’m told by a reader that the Altai cryptid is the Almas, not the Yeti.

The Denisova mtDNA sequence: The X-Woman

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In this week’s copy of Nature, Johannes Krause and colleagues Krause:Denisova:2010 report on the complete mitochondrial sequence of a pinky bone from Denisov...