All posts tagged with genetic divergence

More on the mutation rate

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I’ve received several questions over the last few weeks about human genome-wide mutation rates. Some people are noticing heterogeneity in mutation rate estim...

What is the human mutation rate?

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Last spring I wrote about a study that used whole-genome comparisons between parents and offspring to estimate the rate of per-genome mutation in humans (“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...

Return of the Neanderchimps

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Back in 2005, I reviewed the first description of fossil chimpanzee teeth, from the Middle Pleistocene of the Kapthurin Formation, Kenya, dating to around 50...

Ardi snippets

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The Discovery Channel has posted some short video snippets of the upcoming Ardipithecus special. I was sent a link to Owen Lovejoy telling us a “Genetic Caut...

Molecular systematics and species trees

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I’d like to point readers to a recent essay in Evolution, by Scott V. Edwards, titled, “Is a new and general theory of molecular systematics emerging?”

Beneath the dawn chumans

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Thomas Mailund covers some recent modeling of the human-chimpanzee divergence: “Doubts about complex speciation between humans and chimpanzees”. Here’s the b...

Late Miocene fossil apes from Africa

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Time for some attention to the Miocene apes. I’ve neglected them for the last few years, and there have been some interesting finds. I don’t mean the stuff t...

Videos of the week

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I’ve been sent two videos this week by several readers. I post them here together – I’ve never embedded video before, and after some experimentation I didn’t...

When duplicate genes diverge

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One of the most important mechanisms of genetic evolution is gene duplication. There are a few well-known gene families, such as the globin gene family, who...

Genetic structure of the chominids

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In view of the previous post on the genetics of the human-chimpanzee divergence, it seems worth going into a bit more detail about the paper by Innan and Wa...