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Genome of Kostenki-14, an Upper Paleolithic European (Seguin-Orlando, Korneliuss...

[...] these years; left). The publication of the Tianyuan genome showed that populations related to East Asians and Oceanians existed in the world 40 thousand years ago. So, models based on modern humans [...]

Why do East Asians have more Neandertal ancestry than Europeans?

[...] events, but natural selection has acted to reduce Neandertal alleles more in Europeans than East Asians. I don't really have an opinion on this highly technical subject, but a couple of papers in [...]

High coverage genome from 45,000-year old Siberian (Ust'-Ishim)

[...] , there is no evidence that the Ust’-Ishim genome shares more derived alleles with present-day East Asians than with these prehistoric individuals (|Z| < 2). This suggests that the population to [...]

African Genome Variation project paper

[...] .027 remains with other Sub-Saharan Africans, a fraction of the Fst between, say, Europeans and East Asians. 2. There has been enormous literature about phenotypic variation in Africans. The ultra- [...]

"Ancient DNA: the first three decades" meeting papers

[...] A bucketload of papers here. Some titles of interest: Where are the Caribs? Ancient DNA from ceramic period human remains in the Lesser Antilles Identification of kinship and occupant [...]

A story of 69 ancient Europeans

[...] the last two of these migrations. The remainder involve parts of the world from which no ancient DNA has been studied. The first migration (early Neolithic) is already uncontroversial, but the [...]

Ancient DNA from prehistoric inhabitants of Hungary

[...] BR2 belonged to haplogroup J2a1. I think this is the first time this has been found in ancient DNA and it falsifies the Phoenician sea-faring theory of the dispersal of this lineage. Finally, [...]

Amphipolis caryatid

[...] world. Perhaps one day non-cremated remains from a Macedonian Argead royal will be tested for ancient DNA. In the Peloponnese, the institution of kingship waned in power and so the tombs of the [...]

Y chromosomes and mtDNA of early farmers from Hungary

[...] have described these haplogroups as the mitochondrial ʻNeolithic packageʼ that had reached Central Europe in the 6th millennium BC [36,37]. Interestingly, most of these haplogroups show comparable [...]

43,500-year old Aurignacian north of the Alps

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mtDNA from Chalcolithic Iberia (El Mirador cave)

[...] Beakers. Our analyses support the existence of a common genetic signal between Western and Central Europe during the Middle and Late Neolithic and points to a heterogeneous genetic landscape among [...]

The Mediterranean route into Europe (Paschou et al. 2014)

[...] approximately 9,000 y ago, presumably migrated from Near East to Anatolia and from there to Central Europe through Thrace and the Balkans. An alternative route would have been island hopping across [...]

An older layer of Eurasian admixture in Eastern Africa

[...] et al. in East Africa, Pickrell et al. for Southern Africa, and the limited (but present) Neandertal ancestry in Yoruba and Pygmies documented by Pruefer et al. represent later events. The arrival of [...]

Ancient DNA from the Balkans (Iron Age Thrace)

[...] those samples. Also of interest, given previous suggestions that the Iceman had more Neandertal ancestry than modern Europeans: However, all D-tests involving another non-African population [...]

Why do East Asians have more Neandertal ancestry than Europeans?

[...] Eurasians share, (2) West Eurasians have at least one admixture event that reduces their Neandertal ancestry relative to what all Eurasians share, (3) Neither of them have any such events, but natural [...]

Genome of Kostenki-14, an Upper Paleolithic European (Seguin-Orlando, Korneliuss...

[...] . (2014) based on the Ust'-Ishim genome (which is both earlier and better, so the chunks of Neandertal ancestry in it are probably be longer and more well-defined). The authors propose the following [...]

SpaceMix preprint

[...] and Admixture. Gideon Bradburd, Peter L. Ralph, Graham Coop Geographic patterns of genetic variation within modern populations, produced by complex histories of migration, can be [...]

ASHG 2014 titles

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168 South Asian Genomes

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Altitude adaptation in Tibetans came from Denisovans

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An archaeological scenario for Out of Arabia

[...] latter group (from the Levant) lived in proximity to Neandertals and thus the evidence for Neandertal admixture in non-Africans is easily explained (no need to invoke unattested Neandertals admixing [...]

Why do East Asians have more Neandertal ancestry than Europeans?

[...] I can tell, three explanations have been proposed: (1) East Asians have at least one extra Neandertal admixture event on top of what all Eurasians share, (2) West Eurasians have at least one admixture [...]

Genome of Kostenki-14, an Upper Paleolithic European (Seguin-Orlando, Korneliuss...

[...] Neolithic Europeans from Hungary. The authors of the current paper also date the date of Neandertal admixture to 54 thousand years. This seems very compatible with the finding of between 50 and 60 [...]

An older layer of Eurasian admixture in Eastern Africa

[...] ancestry, ranging from at least traces in theYoruba and Pygmies (to account for the Neandertal admixture) to intermediate values in East Africans, to quite  a lot in North Africans. Eurasian [...]

Ancient mtDNA from collective burials in Germany

[...] the demographic changes in the transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture. However, genetic data is relatively lacking after this earliest transition period, when societies had fully adapted [...]

Remains of Richard III identified

[...] ’s appearance in an early portrait. We calculate likelihood ratios for the non-genetic and genetic data separately, and combined, and conclude that the evidence for the remains being those of [...]

Ancient mtDNA from southern Africa related to San

[...] including southward migrating pastoralists and indigenous marine-foragers. Today extinct, no genetic data has been recovered from the indigenous peoples that once sustained life along the southern [...]

Genome of Kostenki-14, an Upper Paleolithic European (Seguin-Orlando, Korneliuss...

[...] Paleolithic European from Russia. This is now the third oldest Homo sapiens for which we have genetic data, after Ust'-Ishim (Siberia, 45 thousand years), Tianyuan (China, 40 thousand years), and now [...]

Ancestry Composition preprint

[...] , most existing methods for ancestry deconvolution are typically limited to two or three ancestral populations, and cannot resolve contributions from populations related at a sub-continental scale. We [...]

ISBA 2014 titles

[...] of El Portalón Cave in the Sierra de Atapuerca, Spain. Ancient human genomes suggest three ancestral populations for present-day Europeans Ancient DNA from Early Neolithic farmers in Europe Genomic [...]

k-means and structure

[...] or a mixture mode. In both modes, the input is a set of N individuals and K, the number of ancestral populations. In the no-mixture mode, individuals are assigned to one of K populations, while in the [...]

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Genome of Kostenki-14, an Upper Paleolithic European (Seguin-Orlando, Korneliuss...

[...] these years; left). The publication of the Tianyuan genome showed that populations related to East Asians and Oceanians existed in the world 40 thousand years ago. So, models based on modern humans [...]

Why do East Asians have more Neandertal ancestry than Europeans?

[...] events, but natural selection has acted to reduce Neandertal alleles more in Europeans than East Asians. I don't really have an opinion on this highly technical subject, but a couple of papers in [...]

High coverage genome from 45,000-year old Siberian (Ust'-Ishim)

[...] , there is no evidence that the Ust’-Ishim genome shares more derived alleles with present-day East Asians than with these prehistoric individuals (|Z| < 2). This suggests that the population to [...]

African Genome Variation project paper

[...] .027 remains with other Sub-Saharan Africans, a fraction of the Fst between, say, Europeans and East Asians. 2. There has been enormous literature about phenotypic variation in Africans. The ultra- [...]

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