All posts tagged with multiregional

Population models and testing human origins

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Earlier in the week, I pointed to a news story about upcoming research that substantiates some amount of gene flow among Pleistocene groups, persisting into ...

The "dark matter" of modern human origins

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I'm just looking through the January/February 2008 Evolutionary Anthropology, which is all about modern human origins in Africa. The special issue resulted ...

Serial founder effects, again

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A flush of papers this week (two today in Nature, one tomorrow in Science) describe new analyses of SNPs across the genome. Two of the papers sample SNPs in...

The amazing talking Neandertals

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This week, Johannes Krause and colleagues from the Max Planck Evolutionary Anthropology institute announced that they had tickled FoxP2 out of two Neanderta...

"Not so fast, says one anthropologist"

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Hawks sightings in the news. I've been in the midst of a grant proposal -- yes, I actually do write those from time to time! Yes, you can support the site...

Another diagnosis for a hobbit

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Israel Hershkovitz, Liora Kornreich, and Zvi Laron think they know the problem with Liang Bua 1. Almost 40 years ago, Laron began studying patients with a c...

Sinking ape subspecies

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In a less recognized article in Current Biology, Fischer et al. (2006) report on the genetic diversity of ape subspecies.

Multiregional evolution vs. Out of Africa

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It’s that time of the semester—exam time—and I’m getting a lot of questions from my students by e-mail. One of the most common questions is how to differenti...

One model, hold the extra parameters

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Ray et al. (2005) (full text from Genome Research) compare two classes of models of modern human origins to observed data from human microsatellites. They f...

Serial founder effects

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This post is from 2005, and reflects my analysis at the time. The concepts here remain correct but the current state of evidence about human genetic variatio...

The Multiregional Stipulation Society

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This morning a good friend wrote me to ask about the "multiregional stipulation of random mating and constant population size." What an odd thing for anyone...

A show of "no support"

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In an article about the controversy over the Liang Bua fossils, Rex Dalton of Nature inserts this non sequitur: