Chekhov sets Pavel Ilyitch Rashevitch up for embarrassment in his 1894 short story “At the Manor” («В усадьбе», here transl. R. E. C. Long 1915):
“. . . Thanks to severe sexual selection, thanks to the fact that noble families instinctively preserve themselves from base alliances, and that young people of position do not marry the devil knows whom, their high spiritual qualities have reproduced themselves from generation to generation, … ⇒
WenXia Han, LuPeng Yu, ZhongPing Lai, David Madsene, & Shengli Yang (2014)
Quaternary Research 82(1): 66–72; doi:10.1016/j.yqres.2014.02.004
The routes and timing of human occupation of the Tibetan Plateau (TP) are crucial for understanding the evolution of Tibetan populations and associated paleoclimatic conditions. Many archeological sites have been found in/around the Tarim Basin, … ⇒
Ellen S. Martinsen, Nancy McInerney, Heidi Brightman, Ken Ferebee, Tim Walsh, William J. McShea, Tavis D. Forrester, Lisa Ware, Priscilla H. Joyner, Susan L. Perkins, Emily K. Latch, Michael J. Yabsley, Joseph J. Schall and Robert C. Fleischer
Science Advances 05 Feb 2016: Vol. … ⇒
There are more downsides than wastefulness to having photoreceptors adapted for the surface when you dwell in subterranean darkness. Poly & Boucher (1996:191) catalogue some of the miseries of surface fish who’ve stumbled into the underworld:
A depigmented and unusual Semotilus atromaculatus has been collected from Lorenz Cave, Perry Co., Mo. (SIUC 23159). The snout was noticeably shorter, the mouth appeared almost subterminal (vs. terminal normally) and the isthmus was much wider in the hypogean S. … ⇒
From the recent Busby et al. bioRxiv preprint “Admixture into and within sub-Saharan Africa” (14):
We infer direct admixture from Eurasian sources in two populations from Kenya, where specifically South Asian populations (GIH, KHV) are the most closely matched surrogates to the minor sources of admixture (Figure 5). Interestingly, the Chonyi (1138CE: 1080-1182CE) and Kauma (1225CE: 1167-1254CE) are located on the so-called Swahili Coast, a region where Medieval trade across the Indian Ocean is historically documented [Allen, … ⇒
From a 1734 letter of Father Nau to Rev. Father Richard, from a collection of Nouvelle-France Jesuit correspondence (Gosselin 1914:324; my translation):
He [Father Aulneau] may next spring go on an expedition to the Western Sea, for the Court is absolutely keen on having more concerning it than just conjectures.
The French who this year returned from the upper country reported to us that the savages told them that, eleven hundred leagues from Quebec, … ⇒
“Europe 2” is out — congrats all around.
Wolfgang Haak, Iosif Lazaridis, Nick Patterson, Nadin Rohland, Swapan Mallick, Bastien Llamas, Guido Brandt, Susanne Nordenfelt, Eadaoin Harney, Kristin Stewardson, Qiaomei Fu, Alissa Mittnik, Eszter Bánffy, Christos Economou, Michael Francken, Susanne Friederich, Rafael Garrido Pena, Fredrik Hallgren, Valery Khartanovich, Aleksandr Khokhlov, Michael Kunst, Pavel Kuznetsov, Harald Meller, … ⇒
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, … ⇒