Ernst Schäfer with a Tibetan bear (source)

Genetic analysis of hair samples attributed to yeti, bigfoot and other anomalous primates

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.  … ⇒

Figure 3: Dendrogramma enigmatica sp. nov., holotype.

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.

Dendrogramma, New Genus, with Two New Non-Bilaterian Species from the Marine Bathyal of Southeastern Australia (Animalia,  … ⇒


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.

Pre-Columbian mycobacterial genomes reveal seals as a source of New World human tuberculosis

Kirsten I.  … ⇒

Patterns of Admixture and Population Structure in Native Populations of Northwest North America

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,  … ⇒

Fig. 4. Two human teeth from Lunadong: upper (LN0031); lower (LN0030). Views from left to right: occlusal view; mesial view; distal view; buccal view; lingual view.

Modern human teeth from Late Pleistocene Luna Cave (Guangxi, China)

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.

The Genetic Legacy of the Expansion of Turkic-Speaking Nomads Across Eurasia

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,  … ⇒

Early report in Norwegian, with video. Synopsis in English:

[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,  … ⇒

Buryat buuz restaurant

The man at center is Alexei, from Chita — pleasantly surprising to find that my very rudimentary Khalkh was transparent enough to him.

Saint Petersburg Mosque (opened 1913)

[cont’d…]  … ⇒