Unexpected “Southern African” ancestry in a Medieval Moroccan cave

Upcoming presentation from SMBE 2016:

The genomic enigma of two Medieval North Africans (35210)

Torsten Günther, Cristina Valdiosera, Juan Carlos Vera-Rodríguez, Ricardo Rodriguez-Varela, Emma Svensson, Rafael M Martínez Sánchez, Rafael Carmona Ávila, Leonor Peña Chocarro, Guillem Pérez Jordà, Youssef Bokbot, Eneko Iriarte, Colin Smith, Mattias Jakobsson

The trans-Saharan gold and salt trade as well as the trans-Saharan slave trade played an important role in population movements connecting sub-Saharan and Mediterranean economies during the Middle Ages.  … ⇒

“La Braña” mtDNA haplogroup of 6th c. BC Punic youth

A European Mitochondrial Haplotype Identified in Ancient Phoenician Remains from Carthage, North Africa.

Elizabeth A. Matisoo-Smith , Anna L. Gosling, James Boocock, Olga Kardailsky, Yara Kurumilian, Sihem Roudesli-Chebbi, Leila Badre, Jean-Paul Morel, Leïla Ladjimi Sebaï, Pierre A. Zalloua

PLoS ONE 11(5): e0155046. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0155046

While Phoenician culture and trade networks had a significant impact on Western civilizations, we know little about the Phoenicians themselves. In 1994,  … ⇒

In the field: Mead Site, Tanana Valley, Alaska

In the field: Mead Site, Tanana Valley, Alaska

Fairbanks, Alaska: I’m headed out tomorrow morning to the Mead Site in the middle Tanana Basin for the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ 2016 Field School in Subarctic Archaeology, led by UAF’s Ben A. Potter. I wove a strange trail into archaeology, so this is actually my first participation in an active excavation — and I’m all the gladder for this one’s richness: intricately stratified loess deposits ranging in age from 1.4 to 14+ ka BP (including two Pre-Clovis components) that have already offered perhaps the New World’s oldest known residential features and the earliest examples of artwork from boreal America.  … ⇒

White bone in Golok: A field report

My good friend Hannibal Taubes writes:

Incidentally, RE your black bone / white bone post, I asked my Tibetan teacher if she’d heard any such expression. She’s a 50-something Golok woman from a village at the foot of Mt. Amnye Machen. According to her, Tibetan rus means “bone” and also means “clan” (ch. 部落). (To be honest, I’m not sure what “clan” means here; there seem to be a number of different Tibetan words in use that mean something like that,  … ⇒

European contact boiled the mitochondrial pool of South America

Llamas, B., Fehren-Schmitz, L., Valverde, G., Soubrier, J., Mallick, S., Rohland, N., Nordenfelt, S., Valdiosera, C., Richards, S. M., Rohrlach, A., Barreto Romera, M. I., Flores Espinoza, I., Tomasto Cagigao, E., Watson Jiménez, L., Makowski, K., Leboreiro Reyna, I. S., Mansilla Lory, J., Ballivián Torrez, J. A., Rivera, M. A., Burger, R. L., Constanza Ceruti, M., Reinhard, J., Spencer Wells, R., Politis, G., Santoro, C. M., Standen, V. G., Smith, C., Reich, D., Ho,  … ⇒

Australian dingos: A Toalean gift from Sulawesi?

Australian dingos: A Toalean gift from Sulawesi?

Fillios, M. A., & Taçon, P. S. C. (2016). Who let the dogs in? A review of the recent genetic evidence for the introduction of the dingo to Australia and implications for the movement of people. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports [In Press, Corrected Proof: online 11 Mar 2016] doi:10.1016/j.jasrep.2016.03.001

The phylogenetic origin of the dingo (Canis dingo) is an enigma. Introduced to Australia during the Holocene,  … ⇒

Against late survival of Flores “hobbits”

Sutikna, T., Tocheri, M. W., Morwood, M. J., Saptomo, E. W., Jatmiko, Awe, R. D., Wasisto, S., Westaway, K. E., Aubert, M., Li, B., Zhao, J.-x., Storey, M., Alloway, B. V., Morley, M. W., Meijer, H. J. M., van den Bergh, G. D., Grün, R., Dosseto, A., Brumm, A., Jungers, W. L., & Roberts, R. G. (2016). Revised stratigraphy and chronology for Homo floresiensis at Liang Bua in Indonesia.  … ⇒

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