Ancient Jomon DNA and the Specter of European Admixture in Amerindians

Journal of Human Genetics, advance online publication, 09/01/2016; doi: 10.1038/jhg.2016.110 A Partial Nuclear Genome of the Jomons Who Lived 3000 Years Ago in Fukushima, Japan Kanzawa-Kiriyama,Hideaki, Kirill Kryukov, Timothy A Jinam, Kazuyoshi Hosomichi, Aiko Saso, Gen Suwa, Shintaroh Ueda, Minoru Yoneda, Atsushi Tajima, Ken-ichi Shinoda, Ituro Inoue, and Naruya Saitou The Jomon period…

The Current State of Nostratic Theory, or a Psychoanalytic Reading of a Soviet Utopian Idea

In-between the sensible exchanges on the out-of-America hypothesis with genome blogger, Max Lushington, I read a fascinating piece of Russian web scholarship. George Starostin, the son of a famed Russian linguist, Sergei Starostin, and an accomplished long-range linguist in his own…

In Defense of Science...В защиту науки (Contd.)

A street fight is raging on (here and here) in the Russian academe between scientists and pseudoscientists. It’s increasingly difficult to tease apart the former from the latter. It’s all one bloody mess. It appears the most recent comments of an independent observer such as…

The Best Kept Secret in Populaton Genetics, or Truth about African Genetic Diversity

Nature (2014) doi:10.1038/nature13997 The African Genome Variation Project Shapes Medical Genetics in Africa Gurdasani, Deepti, Tommy Carstensen, Fasil Tekola-Ayele, Luca Pagani, Ioanna Tachmazidou, Konstantinos Hatzikotoula, Savita Karthikeyan, Louise Iles, Martin O. Pollard, Ananyo Choudhury, Graham R. S. Ritchie, Yali Xue, Jennifer Asimit, Rebecca N. Nsubuga, Elizabeth H. Young, Cristina Pomilla, Katja Kivinen, Kirk…

Cultural Developments in the Eurasian Paleolithic and the Origin of Anatomically Modern Humans: Proceedings of the International Symposium “Cultural Developments in the Eurasian Paleolithic and the Origin of Anatomically Modern Humans” (July 1–7, 2014, Denisova Cave, Altai), edited by А.P. Derevianko, М.V. Shunkov. Pp. 165-171. Novosibirsk: Publishing…