Peacock’s review substantiates the tradition that the eponymous founder of the Seljuq dynasty served at the Khazar court prior to his flight into Khwarazm — an originally prestigious affiliation that was only downplayed, he argues, upon the destruction of the Khazar Khaganate:
. . . the Khazar connection may be represented by the names of Seljūq’s sons, Mīkā’īl (Michael), Mūsā (Moses), Yūsuf (Joseph) and Isrā’īl (Israel).100 Although these can also be Muslim names, … ⇒
Paradisaea apoda at home on Aru Island: “footless” because they were thought in Linnaeus’ day to have no hind limbs, alighting only in death. (Photo by Loïc Degen, originally published in Handbook of the Birds of the World, Volume 14: 441)
The literature on human-facilitated biological invasions can easily read like a litany of catastrophic successes — a Domesday of negligent liberators and well-meaning wreckers, … ⇒
Mark Stoneking and colleagues capture 500kb of NRY sequence (yielding a reasonably ascertained 2.2k SNPs) and sequence whole mitochondrial genomes for a globally diverse set of modern human males (623 HGDP individuals, 51 populations) to shed light on some truly fundamental issues in effective population size dynamics and sex-biased demography. A few quick points:
(A) Among the most interesting (though oddly unremarked-on) inferences is a roughly mid-Holocene crash in male Ne — not evident in the female trajectory — everywhere but Oceania and America, … ⇒
I have also often heard, though I am not aware on what original authority the statement rests, that an Andamanese has for many years been carrying on trade as a Tobacconist in London ; and that, as his story is not known there, he passes for a stunted African.
Rev. Henry Fisher Corbyn, Chaplain of Port Blair (6th Oct. 1863)
In: Portman, M.V. (1899). A history of our relations with the Andamanese. … ⇒
Skertchly, J.A. (1874). Dahomey as it is: Being a Narrative of Eight Months’ Residence in that Country, with a Full Account of the Notorious Annual Customs, and the Social and Religious Institutions of the Ffons; also an Appendix on Ashantee and a Glossary of Dahoman Words and Titles. London: Chapman & Hall.
One of the “notorious annual customs”:
The king’s strong names were then called out, … ⇒
Dennis Stanford, Darrin Lowery, Margaret Jodry, Bruce A. Bradley, Marvin Kay, Thomas W. Stafford, & Robert J. Speakman (2014)
This chapter in a recent book on continental shelf archaeology stars the Cinmar biface, … ⇒
It has sometimes been suggested that the topic of wildmen is appealing because people want them to exist. Some people evidently do. But my impression is that many do not and reasons are not difficult to find. People like the Nage are certainly glad the ebu gogo no longer exist. . . [1:xi]
Gregory Forth, Images of the Wildman in Southeast Asia: An Anthropological Perspective
I’m not here to vouch for the historicity of these traditions — nor do I think anyone should seriously entertain derivation from a single ancestral protomyth. … ⇒
When was it last possible to walk from New Guinea to Australia (or vice versa)?
As recently as 7–8 thousand years ago!  Up until now, I’d always thought of it in terms of maritime contacts, but such a late inundation of the Torres Strait land bridge strengthens my suspicion that even pre-colonial samples from northern Australia (especially Queensland) might exhibit discordance — e.g., … ⇒
There exists in population genetics the notion of a “ghost population”  – one with which one or more of our sampled populations has experienced gene flow but which itself remains unobserved. A famous example would be the “ancient northern Eurasian population” inferred by Patterson et al. 2012 to have “contributed genetic material to both the ancestral population of the Americas and the ancestral population of northern Europe” but apparently no longer exist in unadmixed form . … ⇒
Exposition of a minority viewpoint by the late linguist Eugen Helimski :
The paper discusses various indications in favor of the assumption that the language — or one of the languages — spoken by Early European Avars (6th-7th cent.) was a Manchu-Tungus (MT) idiom close to Proto-MT (possibly an early pre-Manchu/pre-Jurchen dialect). This assumptions [sic] seems to deserve at least as serious consideration as the Turkic and the Mongolic versions of the origin of the European Avars. … ⇒