Ernst Schäfer with a Tibetan bear (source)
Bryan C. Sykes, Rhettman A. Mullis, Christophe Hagenmuller, Terry W. Melton and Michel Sartori
Proc. R. Soc. B 2014 281: 20140161; published 2 July 2014
In the first ever systematic genetic survey, we have used rigorous decontamination followed by mitochondrial 12S RNA sequencing to identify the species origin of 30 hair samples attributed to anomalous primates. … ⇒
This — if it holds up — could easily stand as this century’s single most momentous discovery in metazoan systematics. Another illustration of how morphological taxonomy and museum collections in no uncertain terms retain their worth in the genomic era.
a, Bayesian maximum clade credibility tree of 261 MTBC genomes (excluding Hungarian mummy), with estimated divergence dates shown in years before present using a model of population expansion. b, Maximum parsimony tree for lineage 6 and animal-adapted MTBC genomes with SNPs that define all branches. Bootstrap values in grey italics. Deletions specific to the animal lineages are shown as triangles.
Kirsten I. … ⇒
Paul Verdu, Trevor J. Pemberton, Romain Laurent, Brian M. Kemp, Angelica Gonzalez-Oliver, Clara Gorodezky, Cris E. Hughes, Milena R. Shattuck, Barbara Petzelt, Joycelynn Mitchell, Harold Harry, Theresa William, Rosita Worl, Jerome S. Cybulski, Noah A. Rosenberg, Ripan S. Malhi
PLoS Genetics (August 14, 2014); DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgen.100453
The initial contact of European populations with indigenous populations of the Americas produced diverse admixture processes across North, … ⇒
Christopher J. Bae, Wei Wang, Jianxin Zhao, Shengming Huang, Feng Tian, Guanjun Sheng
Quaternary International xxx (2014) 1–15; DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2014.06.051
We present two previously unreported hominin permanent teeth [one right upper second molar (M2), … ⇒
Important new preprint up on bioRxiv — will update with my thoughts.
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, … ⇒
By the mid-1940s Dalí’s Surrealism was becoming a little too pat and predictable. Although there are undoubtedly memorable images here — the elephant with extended legs is a supremely imaginative conceit — nonetheless there are not enough such fancies to push the work . . . beyond mere illustration.
Eric Shanes, Dalí
(Paleolithic engraving on and of mammoth discovered in 1965 near the Berelekh River of Yakutia, … ⇒
[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, … ⇒
Back from Russia, many pics and a retrospective to come
Guadalupe Sanchez, Vance T. Holliday, Edmund P. Gaines, Joaquín Arroyo-Cabrales, Natalia Martínez-Tagüeña, Andrew Kowler, Todd Lange, Gregory W. L. Hodgins, Susan M. Mentzer, and Ismael Sanchez-Morales
PNAS 2014; published ahead of print July 14, 2014, doi:10.1073/pnas.1404546111
The earliest known foragers to populate most of North America south of the glaciers [∼11,500 to ≥ ∼10,800 14C yBP; … ⇒