From the center of turmoil: Turkic expansion and Urheimat in genetic perspective

Important new preprint up on bioRxiv — will update with my thoughts.

The Genetic Legacy of the Expansion of Turkic-Speaking Nomads Across Eurasia

Bayazit Yunusbayev, Mait Metspalu, Ene Metspalu, Albert Valeev, Sergei Litvinov, Ruslan Valiev, Vita Akhmetova, Elena Balanovska, Oleg Balanovsky, Shahlo Turdikulova, Dilbar Dalimova, Pagbajabyn Nymadawa, Ardeshir Bahmanimehr, Hovhannes Sahakyan, Kristiina Tambets, Sardana Fedorova, Nikolay Barashkov, Irina Khidiatova, Evelin Mihailov, Rita Khusainova, Larisa Damba, Miroslava Derenko, Boris Malyarchuk,  … ⇒

8000 years of brain tissue preservation in a Norwegian human cranium?

Early report in Norwegian, with video. Synopsis in English:

[Gaute] Reitan and his team of 10 archaeologists tied to the University of Oslo have been digging for the past two months in a fjordside area of Vestfold County where the religious organization Smiths Venner is planning to develop another large meeting hall at its Oslofjord Convention Center.

The archaeologists have already made several discoveries at what they believe is the site of two camps from the Stone Age,  … ⇒