You Say Hybridization, Hawks Says Hype


John Hawks reads the papers so that I don’t have to. Here is Hawks’s reply to the human-chimp speciation paper I mentioned in the previous post. The basic conclusion that Hawks reaches: Don’t believe the hype. The data analysis in the paper is sound, but the conclusions the authors draw are designed explicitly for the sake of generating publicity. It’s like Chuck D doing the data analysis, then Flavor Flav gettin’ all janky with his big ol’ clock around his neck screaming “Hybridization!” Hawks claims that there is no need to invoke the hybridization model to explain the data. He presents a pretty convincing argument — he says the data can be explained by effective population size and selection on the X chromosome, sans hybridization. Go read it.


  1. #1 Jeb Baugh
    May 17, 2006

    Dude, seriously. I mean Public Enemy? Flavor Flav? You must be at least as old as me.

    Love the blog, btw.

    Some 32 years old guy

  2. #2 Sean Carroll
    May 17, 2006

    Flavor Flav got problems of his own.

  3. #3 Blake Stacey
    May 18, 2006

    Hypridization, noun: the combination of good data analysis with better publicity for a deceptively tasty final product.

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