Tuesday, January 29, 2013

ANTH 420 Week 3 -- Genome studies and evolutionary history

Given our focus this week on some of the more prominent published primate genomes, I thought this article might be of interest: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ajpa.22159/abstract. In this article, Dr. Disotell demonstrates how genome studies of the Neanderthal and a group of Siberian hominins have succeeded in demonstrating a degree of gene flow between two populations of early hominins that were previously thought to be isolated. These results potentially contradict some of the most widely accepted models of hominin dispersal out of Africa and are highly relevant to many sub disciplines of physical anthropology.

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