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Washukanni

Mitanni, controlling northern Syria and southeastern Anatolia, was a major player in the Bronze Age Near East from 1500 BC-1300 BC.  They contended and negotiated with the Hittites and the Egyptian New Kingdom. Most of the population seems to have … Continue reading

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Secondary Crops

There are weeds that gradually came to resemble the crop they infested.  When they were recognizably different  from the crop species, people pulled them up or separated out their seeds – automatically selecting for weeds that loo0ked more and more … Continue reading

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501 (c)(3) : The Adventure Begins

The Dark Lords of the IRS have proclaimed that West Hunter Incorporated has Federal tax-exempt status. Contributions, including various forms of real property,  are deductible.  For details, write gcochran9@comcast.net. West Hunter’s purpose is the advancement of education and science in … Continue reading

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Let No New Thing Arise

Thinking about it, it seems that disease burden for Europeans got worse and worse with time.  Some have said that the first farmers in the Middle East wouldn’t had any increase at all in infectious disease over foragers.   That’s … Continue reading

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The Veeck Effect

Once upon a time, I wrote about the Veeck effect of the first kind. I suppose that I owe the world an essay on the Veeck effect of the second kind, which corresponds to putting a midget up to bat. … Continue reading

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Brain Wave

The standard view is that all human populations have the same average cognitive capabilities.  The world sure doesn’t look as if that’s the case, and that’s part of the reason that people insist that everyone do public obeisance to the … Continue reading

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More Than Human

When archaic hominids lived for a  long time in special environments, they naturally developed genetic adaptations to those environments, and since such adaptive alleles are easily transmitted, requiring only a smidgen of gene flow, it’s not surprising to see some … Continue reading

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Baby Needs a New Pair of Shoes

Years ago, working at Hughes Aerospace, I had a set of dealy-boppers, which I would don when talking on the phone to someone I thought an idiot but had to be polite to.  I would nod a lot as I … Continue reading

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No true Sardinian

I am led to believe that other genetic samples from Sardinia don’t necessarily show the same degree of weirdness that you see in the HGDP samples: they look more admixed, more cosmopolitan.  The guess is that Cavalli-Sforza knew what he … Continue reading

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Sardinia

The question has been raised: how did the Sardinians manage to stay genetically similar to the typical European farmers of six thousand years ago?  Why haven’t the currents of history homogenized them? I’ve wondered myself. Sardinia has been conquered over … Continue reading

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