Category Archives: sub-Saharan Africans

Let’s Get Small

I said earlier than it seemed likely that archaic hominid living in special environments, for a long time (sometimes more than a million years) inevitably developed high-quality adaptations to those environments, and since such alleles are easily transmitted, modern humans … Continue reading

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The Time Before

Although we’re still in an ice age, we are currently in an interglacial period.  That’s a good thing, since glacial periods are truly unpleasant – dry, cold, low biological productivity, high variability. Low CO2 concentrations made plants more susceptible to … Continue reading

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We’ve been gathering info on average paternal age in different societies: here’s some for some rural villages in Gambia, from an article by Ruth Mace. This shows age-specific fertility for males and females over the lifespan.  The average paternal age … Continue reading

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