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Resurrecting a wolf for conservation?

fstammle , June 22nd, 2022

Many herders, especailly in the Sub-Arctic, are threatened by the increased number of wolves, eating entire reindeer herds. In Australia they go the opposite way now: they try…

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The Cosmic Serpent

Glenn H. Shepard Jr. , April 18th, 2022

Most Carnival celebrations in Brazil have been canceled again in 2022 due to the resurgence of COVID-19, though larger cities like Rio and São Paulo are holding scaled-down…


Athletics, IQ, Health: Three Myths of Race

Alan Goodman and Joseph L. Graves Jr. , April 14th, 2022

Our recent book, Racism, Not Race, tackles a big lie: The idea that human beings have biological races. Biological races do not exist in humans. Why, then, do…


What Ancient DNA Reveals About Life in Africa 20,000 Years Ago

Elizabeth Sawchuk, Jessica Thompson, and Mary Prendergast , April 12th, 2022

Kondoa Irangi rock art in present-day Tanzania features the cultural expressions of hunter-gatherers and pastoralists over a 2,000-year span. Nina R/Wikimedia Commons This article was ori…


A Genetic Chronicle of the First Peoples in the Americas

Jennifer Raff , February 8th, 2022

Beringia National Park in present-day Russia is part of what was once a vast refuge that allowed ancestors of Native Americans to cross into North America and survive…


Does DNA Simplify or Complicate Repatriation Claims?

Sarah Wild , December 8th, 2021

University of Cape Town archaeologist Simon Hall leads a visit to the farm in Sutherland, South Africa, from which the remains of several individuals were taken a century…


The Humans We Haven’t Met Yet

Jeffrey H. Schwartz , December 2nd, 2021

At the Sima de los Huesos (“Pit of the Bones”) archaeological site in Spain, researchers recovered DNA from 417,000-year-old hominin fossils that may be the ancestors of Neanderthals….


Five Breakthrough Signs of Early Peoples in the Americas

Anna Goldfield , November 4th, 2021

A lot of ink has been spilled in archaeological debates about the human occupation of the continents known today as North and South America. When did people arrive?…


What Indigenous Languages Reveal About Bear Genetics

Gloria Dickie , August 18th, 2021

[no-caption] Alh1/Flickr This article was originally published at Hakai Magazine and has been republished with permission. Along the central coast of British Columbia, grizzly bears go by…


Culture—Not Genetics—Was More Salient for Anglo-Saxons

Mark Collard, Keith Dobney, and Kimberly Plomp , July 19th, 2021

An Anglo-Saxon burial mound rises in Taplow Court, England. Shutterstock This article was originally published at The Conversation and has been republished under Creative Commons. Scholar…


Who is the Nesher Ramla Homo?

Michelle Langley , July 7th, 2021

This article was originally published at The Conversation and has been republished under Creative Commons. An international group of archaeologists has discovered a missing piece in the story…


How to Improve Consumer DNA Tests

Chelsea Horton , March 1st, 2021

Direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests offer tantalizing yet speculative promises to connect us with our distant past and live a healthier life. Consequently, by February 2019, an estimated 26…

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Ten Things Archaeology Tells Us about Neanderthals

Chelsea Horton , March 1st, 2021

Rebecca Wragg Sykes is an archaeologist and author of the critically acclaimed bestseller Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art. An honorary fellow at the University of Liverpool,…

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The Racial Thinking behind ALS Diagnosis

Chelsea Horton , March 1st, 2021

Beliefs about which bodies can and cannot develop certain diseases risk rebiologizing race in genomic research and care. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegenerative disease that typical…

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Of Maps, Ancestors, and Genes

Chelsea Horton , March 1st, 2021

How the conceptual heritage of the new and old world pervades today’s racial economy of genetics.   On a former occasion I wrote to you at some length…

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The Next Piece of Our Big Genetic Puzzle

Chelsea Horton , March 1st, 2021

Around 50,000 years ago, Neanderthals contributed their DNA to modern humans. But the genes also flowed the other way, hundreds of thousands of years before.  In 1856, in…

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Bovine Bloodlines

Chelsea Horton , March 1st, 2021

Selective breeding for milk and muscle has corroded cattle health and genetic diversity. Heritage breed farmers are pushing back. That old cow out there, she’s 18, and she’s…

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Mapping Human and Neanderthal Genomes

Anna Goldfield , February 15th, 2021

Back in 1990, researchers embarked on an epic project to map out all of human DNA: the Human Genome Project. Their first draft of the human genome was…


Who First Made the Caribbean Home?

William F. Keegan , February 4th, 2021

Volunteers and students from the United States and the Bahamas helped excavate the dunes where the Lucayan ancestral remains were found. William F. Keegan Locals in the Bahamas…


The Dawn of CRISPR Mutants

Eben Kirksey , January 27th, 2021

The China National GeneBank in Shenzhen opened in 2016 with the goal of storing and researching millions of genetic samples from humans, animals, plants, and microbes. Eben Kirksey…


DNA Testing of Immigrants Is Unethical

Chelsea Horton , January 26th, 2021

The collection of genetic biodata for the reunification of families must safeguard individuals’ agency, provide meaningful informed consent, and protect privacy. DNA testing has been used for nearly…

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A Startling Link Between Neanderthals and COVID-19

Daniel Salas , December 8th, 2020

[no-caption] Angus Krieg SAPIENS host Chip Colwell speaks with evolutionary geneticist Hugo Zeberg about his surprising discovery of a connection between Neanderthal DNA and a greater ris…


No, “Racial Genetics” Aren’t Affecting COVID-19 Deaths

Sonia Zakrzewski , June 11th, 2020

In the U.K., people of black, Asian, and minority ethnic backgrounds have been disproportionately hard hit by COVID-19. Tim Dennell/Flickr Around the world, there are reports that COVID-1…


Race Is Real, But It’s Not Genetic

Alan Goodman , March 13th, 2020

[no-caption] KTS Design/Science Photo Library/Getty Images Please note that this article includes an image of human remains. A friend of mine with Central American, Southern European, and…