"Morphological clock" age estimate of 912 ka for Homo naledi

The evolutionary relationships and age of Homo naledi: An assessment using dated Bayesian phylogenetic methods

Mana Dembo, Davorka Radovčić, Heather M. Garvin, Myra F. Laird, Lauren Schroeder, Jill E. Scott, Juliet Brophy, Rebecca R. Ackermann, Chares M. Musiba, Darryl J. de Ruiter, Arne Ø. Mooers, Mark Collard

Journal of Human Evolution Vol. 97, August 2016: 17–26; doi:10.1016/j.jhevol.2016.04.008

Homo naledi is a recently discovered species of fossil hominin from South Africa.  … ⇒

The Problem of Tocharian Origins: An Archaeological Perspective

J. P. Mallory
Sino-Platonic Papers 259 (November, 2015)

This study explores the problem of Tocharian origins in a series of stages, beginning with the archaeological identification of the historical Tocharians, the immediate antecedents of the historical Tocharians, the potential for identifying a source for the Tocharian languages outside the Tarim Basin, and, finally, how proposed external origins might accommodate some of the various models of Indo-European expansion.  … ⇒

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.  … ⇒

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

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.  … ⇒