The way the world looks now in human evolutionary genetics

By Razib Khan | June 7, 2011 5:57 am

Randy McDonald points me to this very nice Q & A formatted piece in BMC Biology from March, Who is H. sapiens really, and how do we know?. The lucidity and clarity is impressive. If scientists keep putting stuff out there like that open access then there’ll be no need for science magazines and science blogs!

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Comments (3)

  1. Darkseid

    i caught this on your Pinboard feed! I wish all science articles were written this way. It’s funny how much easier it is to understand something when it’s explained by a person compared to when it written “scientifically.” It’s so much easier to determine which parts to pay most attention to (especially in a video when you can hear their tone of voice) when it’s in plain talk, coming outta someone’s mouth. So often important points get lost when your mind is trying to “decode” a scientific paper.

  2. 4 posts in one morning? You must be feeling better.

  3. dave chamberlin

    I read in this article that non africans are 1% to 5% neanderthal. Is it that large a variation because modern day populations vary that much, or is this the present day error margin because the neanderthal DNA is so far decayed. I would assume the latter because of the talk that the interbreeding occurred shortly after modern man left Africa, but I don’t know.


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