The First Population Explosion: Human Numbers Expanded Dramatically Millennia Before Agriculture

July 29, 2009
Ten millennia ago, there were about six million people on Earth. Today, there are six billion. This thousandfold increase in the global population is often thought to be linked to...
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Archaeologists Discover Early Example of Domesticated Camels

July 09, 2009
Most experts agree that the earliest examples of farming and animal domestication lie in the aptly named Fertile Crescent, in present day Iraq.   But still many questions have lingered...
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Recommended Reading: The 10,000 Year Explosion

February 20, 2009
Almost since the 1871 publication of “The Descent of Man,” in which Charles Darwin applied his theory of natural selection to the human species, biologists have argued over whether the...
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Hidden in Plain Sight: New Genetic Discoveries Shed Light on the Spread of Farming in Eastern Europe

December 24, 2008
Before genetics came into the picture, researchers interested in the introduction of agriculture to Europe had only the archaeological record to go on – a limited collection of primarily stone...
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Where Today Meets Yesterday: A New Approach to Studying the Genetic History of Southeast Asia

December 10, 2008
Archaeologists rarely agree on anything.   So it’s no surprise that for years two groups of scholars have drawn completely opposite conclusions about the relationship between the ancient people of...
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Genes and Languages: Not So Strange Bedfellows?

August 18, 2008
Throughout the history of our species there has been one constant:   movement.   Since the origin of Homo sapiens nearly 200,000 years ago in East Africa, humans have journeyed...
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The Origin of Farming in Europe: A View from the Y Chromosome

July 25, 2008
This guest post is by Roy King, who is a professor of psychiatry at Stanford University and a research colleague of Stanford geneticist and 23andMe scientific adviser Peter Underhill. Roy...
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