All posts tagged with recent evolution

My article in Scientific American

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The current issue of Scientific American is specially devoted to human evolution. There are great articles by Kate Wong, Ian Tattersall, Frans de Waal, Berna...

Genetics of smell and population history

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I want to point to a recent paper by Jeremy McRae and colleagues McRae:2013, which identifies previously-unknown genetic associations with smell sensitivity ...

Recent evolution of coding variants

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How did I get myself quoted in a story as the skeptic about recent human evolution? (“Human Evolution Enters an Exciting New Phase”). After all, I’ve been a ...

Falciparum malaria came from gorillas

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Malaria in humans is caused by one of five different species of Plasmodium parasites. The deadliest of these is P. falciparum, especially within Africa where...

Mailbag: Remaking

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Found this "The Earth is not finished, but is now being, and will forever more be-remade." (C.R. Van Hise, 1898) "Hum...

Genes and archaeology

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Current Biology has released a special issue titled “Global genetic history of Homo sapiens”. There is much of interest in this issue, with seven papers, mos...

Mailbag: Hidden lactase persistence alleles?

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I just noticed this new article that I thought you might be interested in, suggesting that lactase persistence known genetics can't currently wholly explain ...

Mailbag: Haplogroups of Peruvian mummies

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Now that we have looked at the DNA of the Tarim Basin mummies, when is somebody going to do the same for the mummies found at Paracasa, Peru? I know that an...

Is modern man a "wimp"?

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That’s the conclusion of a Reuters article, which describes a book by Australian science writer Peter McAllister. The book is titled, Manthropology: The Scie...

Body size in Holocene southern Africa

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I was just taking notes on this paper by Sealy and Pfeiffer (2000), and found some good quotes about body size in the Bushmen, both historically and in arch...