Some anthropology, genetic, prehistory and similar outstanding blog instances from 2010 at For what we are…. and its predecessor, Leherensuge (until September).
In the month of Janus, bifaced god of gates, I did not focus in anything (two faces are too many faces, Janus)
In the month of purification I took some time to refine my view of the Eurasian dispersals:
In the month of Mars, god of war, I was pretty much focused on Africa, though also had something to say about East Asia (nothing to do with war that I know however, sorry Mars)
Genetics of the Mlabri (in their East Asian context)
Draft analysis of the HUGO consortium paper
Also a warning on how insignificant can be statistical significance.
In the month of… maybe Venus (nobody seems to know for sure), goddess of love and passion… I kept looking at genetics and their relevance in prehistory. The heat came from the volcanoes, I guess.
Was Toba really so bad?
Second look at the HUGO paper
In the month of Maju I did not rest. Well, actually it is the month of Maia goddess of fertility, but Maju may be related to the maypole celebrations traditional in many parts of Europe, not in vain the Basque God Maju or Sugaar
and his consort and most Goddess Mari
recreate the World every Friday night by means of sex, of which is said that the fertilizing storms are born. Even if the corresponding ritual orgies are not anymore performed, thanks to Christian persecutions, I guess that there is still enough sex through the World to keep the wheel running.
But remember that Basque legend also says that the World will come to its end when crossroads are everywhere. Look around you and despair, ye mortal.
Was I fertile this month of fertility? I’m not sure but we did learn in that date that Neanderthals and our kin were inter-fertile indeed. And this is the likely most important single news of the year, at least in the fields of genetics and prehistory.
Artificial bacteria created in vitro
In the month of Juno, jealous Olympian wife, torturer of Io and destroyer of mighty Troy, I was really overwhelmed by the massacre of peace activists on the Mavi Marmara by Zionist commandos. But there was some other materials flowing later in the month as well.
Oddly enough, some were precisely about Jewish genetics:
Jews are Phoenicians, Palestinians are Jews
, based on Behar 2010, came to confirm my suspicions about modern Western Jews having originated not in Palestine but in the Hellenistic Diaspora. This is a suspicion I had since long before and that was reignited earlier that month by another paper by Atzmon, discussed in a single article
, where I also dealt with Basque genetics.
I also revisited the historical battle of Noain
, where Basques and our Gascon allies were defeated by the huge Castilian army.
In the month of Julius Caesar, conqueror of Gaul and then of Rome itself, and great propagandist of himself…
Infamous archaeologist Julio Nuñez destroyed a whole section of the Vasco-Roman site of Iruña-Veleia with reckless use of a mechanical excavator (more here, here, here, here and here)
Breastfeeding confirmed to increase IQ… a lot.
New paper on human autosomal genetics at global level, also another one on Korean genetics specifically.
We found that a huge meteorite hit Egypt just some 5000 years ago.
I also decided to split Leherensuge in two.
In the month of Octavius Augustus, whose rule falls around the non-existent year zero of the euphemistically called common era (CE)…
We learned something more about ancient Danish mtDNA
, specially that haplogroup I has decreased notably since the Viking era.
In the seventh month… oops the ninth, what were Romans thinking when they chose this name? They could count in spite of those horrible Roman numerals, believe me, just that they began the year in March… until they decided to do otherwise.
We got confirmation that the chimpanzee-bonobo split
must be moved back to 1.3 million years, what in turn affects the Pan-Homo divergence age, which is of (at least) 8 million years (and not those absurd figures you may read around of 5-7 million years). This has important implications when considering the molecular clock (or as someone said: molecular compass
), implications that are often ignored, producing absurd misunderstandings.
Again we got scientific news (that other scientists insist in ignoring) about the actual age of the Pan-Homo split, which is c. 8 million years ago
, not less. This allows Salanthropus Tchadiensis, Toumaï (left), likely to be in our genealogical tree.
I realized that ancient Europeans from Sunghir, Russia, show the earliest unmistakable mtDNA H
, c. 25,000 years ago.
In a quite bad week overall, I was for the first time in my almost four year-long history of blogger, suddenly deprived of my Google account altogether
. Luckily I could recover it later but all looked pretty bad, automated, impersonal and wrong… so I am considering migrating to WordPress.