Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Service Interruption

I am in the midst of representing clients in two long, back to back trials, as the lawyer who was to be doing what has become my job in one of them is on his honeymoon.  One, to a jury, is so far four days past its scheduled conclusion. I'll come up for air when they're finished, which may be another week or so.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

John Hawks On Neanderthal Stone Circles

John Hawks muses at length on Neanderthal stone circles recently discovered deep in a cave. His main point is that given that much smaller average population of Neanderthals at any one time, and their greater remoteness in history, it isn't surprising that the archaeological record that might shed light on their culture is thin.

More Quick Hits

* Celtic parts of the U.K. (presumably Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland), have more steppe ancestry than Southern and Eastern England proper, presumably because Norman invaders ca. 1066 CE had less steppe ancestry than the pre-existing residents of the U.K.  The residents of English proper also have less steppe ancestry than Anglo-Saxon ancient DNA.  Keep in mind, however, that this is a subtle difference that is discernible only because of a huge sample size (N=113,851) in a generally very homogeneous population.

* 48 ancient genomes from Iron Age to 18th century Finland will be available before year end.