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A new study looks at the selective pressures diet had with the distribution of FADS enzymes, which convert fatty acids. They found that Southern Europeans, who consume a diet more rich in veggies and grains, which provide short-chain have genes that convert these short-chain fatty acids into long-chain. Northerns, who consume more meats don't have these same genes. They also found out these changes likely came about during the agricultural revolution, 10,000 years ago. Click on the link below for more interesting finds.
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A PLOS Genetics study published yesterday teases out that climate differences are the biggest influence on the size and shape of the human nose.

I wonder why then are female noses smaller than males, when adjusted for body size despite coming from the same region? Is there an element of sexual selection -- the cultural definition of beauty here?
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Some of the coolest science I have seen to date was recently published in Nature. Analysis of the ancient DNA of the microbes from the teeth of 5 Neanderthals have yielded remarkable results, truly giving us an idea to the true 'Paleo diet.'

Belgian Neanderthals ate more meat while Spanish Neanderthal ate more plant material. A Spanish Neanderthal had a tooth abscess and may have been taking plant based aspirin for pain relief. This guy also may have had a stomach bug and turned to penicillin for treatment.

It's a stretch but the results are incredible. Check out the detail in the link below and let us know what you think!
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Two 100,000 year old skull caps from China have some interesting anatomical variations, a hybrid of Neanderthal and human features. Unfortunately they do not have an ancient DNA. Are these Denisovans or a new species of hominid? What do you think?
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A genetic and cultural analysis, published in Nature, of 83 Aboriginal Australians and 25 Papuans from New Guinea paints a suggests there was just one wave of humans out of Africa, 72,000 years ago. These these early migrants gave rise to all contemporary non-Africans, including indigenous Australians and Papuans. This group descended directly from the first people to inhabit the continent some 50,000 years ago. That makes them world’s longest running civilization.

Jump on over to Anthropology.net to read more about this study as well as a couple other interesting finds...
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Just what did Ötzi the Iceman's voice sound like. A reconstruction of his vocal cords using CT data gives us an idea...
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When Joshua Hinson saw that his ancestral Chickasaw language was disappearing, he decided to help build an online presence and create a smartphone app to make the language accessible. His efforts have been a success; a great example of using technology to save endangered languages.
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The Washington Post documents an interesting story of two Awa women who escape modernity and return back to their traditional lifestyle in the Amazon.
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An interesting study published late last month in Nature looks into the cause of death of Lucy, the famous the 3.2 million-year-old Australopithecus fossil. The authors identify a bunch of pathologic fractures that suggest she fell from a tree and died. However not everyone is convinced that's the story, not even Dr. Johanson, the man who discovered Lucy. What do you think?
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A new GWA study in Biological Psychiatry looks at the evolutionary history of Schizophrenia and helps us understand that Neanderthals, in particular, can't be faulted at the inheritance of this mental illness. This is an interesting application of paleogenomics and modern day medicine. Hop on over to Anthropology.net to see the details of the study and a link to the original source.
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