Gene Expression

Archives for April, 2007

Less blog…for now

Below is why I haven’t been blogging much….

Changes @ ScienceBlogs

Today we debuted the Denialism Blog, while David Dobbs of Smooth Pebbles bids farewell to ScienceBlogs. David offers cogent rationales for why he decided to leave ScienceBlogs (the proximate reason is that he just isn’t posting much as far as bloggers go). One thing to note that is I don’t think a blog is really…

Bonus Kat

Katz

Round-eyed Chinese?

Via Dienekes, a new possible historical genetic story on the horizon: the extent of “European”-origin settlers in pre-modern China. The biography of the individual sequenced: Yu Hong (d. 592 [C.E.]) was a high-ranking member of a community of Sogdians who had settled on the northern border of China at the beginning of the fourth century.…

Final Update: Victory Day! In response to Shelley’s request I’ve removed the text of the original email.

Erick Trinkaus has a new article in PNAS, European early modern humans and the fate of the Neandertals: A consideration of the morphological aspects of the earliest modern humans in Europe (more than ~33,000 B.P.) and the subsequent Gravettian human remains indicates that they possess an anatomical pattern congruent with the autapomorphic (derived) morphology of…

Immune to missionaries

The April 16th issue of The New Yorker had an article by John Colapinto, The puzzling language of an Amazon tribe. It’s in print, so I can’t post it, but the short of it is that the tribe might lack recursion, a hammer blow to Chomskyan universal grammar. Overall the tribe seems to have a…

Monday Kat

A few weeks ago, Andrew Brown (author of The Darwin Wars) stated: I’m not sure that Boyer, Atran and Wilson regard their explanations as complementary. I have talked to all three of them about it. My feeling is that while all three of them understand that the explanations might be complementary, they prefer to believe…