For those of you interested in recent adaptive evolution in some insignificant bipedal primate, John Hawks and pals have published a paper in PNAS describing something you’ll find interesting. Of course, if you’re interested in such things, you already know that. Here are some links related to Hawks et al. paper:
- The Hawks et al. paper presents data to suggest a recent burst in adaptive evolution along the human lineage. The reason for this burst is an increase in populations size, allowing for more beneficial mutations in the species. Eventually, the paper itself will be available here. Until then, you can find it here.
- This post from p-ter at GNXP takes a critical look at the methodology employed by Hawks et al. P-ter argues that the methodology is biased toward detecting recent events. Hawks replies to p-ter here.
- John Hawks has a couple of other posts about the paper and the coverage surrounding it. He announces the paper here, describes the press coverage here, summarizes the results here, and links to a bunch of people here.
- Razib has posted come stuff on this, too (he’s interested in these boring topics). He has described the theory and results and covered some of the stuff other people have written.
- Various other bio-bloggers have put in their 2cents. The new blog Popgen ramblings suggests that Hawks et al. did not perform the appropriate simulations to test for false positives. Some other non-specialists have also weighed in. These include T. Ryan Gregory’s complaints about the way the authors are describing the research in the press, Larry Moran’s skepticism, and Greg Laden’s admiration.
If I read the paper, I may offer my own opinions. Maybe. And that’s if I read the paper any time soon. But I figured I’d post something on it because it’s getting so much hype. I thought Hawks didn’t like hype.