not sure if this is a late linkfest from this past sunday or an early linkfest for next sunday…. (~_^)
Patterns of selection on Neanderthal alleles in modern humans – “‘We identified Neandertal alleles that are at higher frequency than expected under a model of neutral evolution, and identify dozens of genomic locations in Europeans and East Asians at which the Neandertal alleles are the targets of positive selection. Interestingly, there is evidence for more extensive positive selection in East Asian than in European populations.’” – @race/history/evolution notes.
On the antiquity of language: the reinterpretation of Neandertal linguistic capacities and its consequences – “[W]e argue here that recognizably modern language is likely an ancient feature of our genus pre-dating at least the common ancestor of modern humans and Neandertals about half a million years ago.” – via mr. mangan, esq.!
World’s Oldest Calendar Found in Scotland – “British archaeologists have found what they say is the world’s oldest calendar, dating back to about 8,000 BC.”
Paternal age and fitness in pre-industrial Finland – “‘Individuals whose fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers fathered their lineage at age of 20 were ~9% more likely to survive to adulthood than those with 40-year-old male ancestors.’” – @race/history/evolution notes.
Law alone? – “People of northwestern European descent put the least emphasis on the blood bond of a nation’s population…. The paradox presented here for many like myself is that the places inspiring the warmest feelings and that I would like most to live in are the places that tend to put the least effort into maintaining what they have. It’s tragic.” – yup. =/ from the awesome epigone.
Ethnic background influences immune response to TB – “Over the thousands of years that humans have been infected with TB, people of different ethnicities have evolved different immune mechanisms for handling the bacteria, a finding that could affect the outcome of planned trials for new TB drugs…. [D]ifferences in the way TB affects the body are also linked to ethnicity. For example, he found that most infections in Europeans are in the lungs, for example, while Asians and Africans get most TB infections in other organs.” – @new scientist. also: Scientists discover ethnic differences in immune response to TB bacterium.
Link between low vitamin D blood levels and heart disease varies by race – “Low vitamin D blood levels are linked to greater risk of heart disease in whites and Chinese, but not in blacks and Hispanics.”
Early spatial reasoning predicts later creativity and innovation, especially in STEM fields – “Exceptional spatial ability at age 13 predicts creative and scholarly achievements over 30 years later, according to results from a new longitudinal study published in Psychological Science.” – via futurepundit! see also steve sailer: Something intelligent and interesting in the news.
Nature, nurture, and expertise – “More than half of the difference between expert and normal readers is genetic…. Less than a fifth of the expert-normal difference is due to shared environment.” – via mr. mangan, esq.! see also dr. james thompson.
‘Genes’ a reason poor kids struggle at school, says [an australian] government report – “In a controversial new report released today, the Productivity Commission cites ‘parents’ cognitive abilities and inherited genes’ as one of five main reasons why kids from low-income families lag behind those from wealthy homes.” – surely heads must be rolling!
Who’s Having the Babies? – from jayman … who’s having a baby! (~_^)
Brain scans of inmates turn up possible link to risks of reoffending – “Those with low ACC [anterior cingulate cortex] activity were about twice as likely to commit crimes within four years of being released as those with high ACC activity.” see also Born to Kill from jared taylor.
Chinese People May Be at Higher Risk for Stroke Than Caucasians – “[T]he research found a slightly higher overall risk of stroke in Chinese people than in Caucasians, with a range of 205 to 584 strokes per 100,000 Chinese people age 45 to 74, compared to 170 to 335 strokes per 100,000 Caucasian people the same age. Chinese also had a higher risk of intracerebral hemorrhage, a type of stroke due to bleeding into the brain from a ruptured blood vessel, compared to Caucasian people, or 33 percent of all strokes compared to 12 percent of all strokes in community-based studies. Chinese people had a lower average age of stroke onset of 66 to 70 years-old, compared to 72 to 76 years-old for Caucasians.” – via hbd bibliography!
Study: Even with similar cancer treatment, African Americans don’t live as long as other patients – “It’s likely ‘not related to the treatment,’ Ferrajoli speculated, ‘it’s probably a different biology.’” – via amren!
Poles in the Tent – “[I]f high-quality protein were the long pole in the tent, male provisioning of meat, which we see in chimpanzees, might matter quite a bit more than you would think from the number of calories alone.” – from greg cochran.
Dark Counsel From The Durants – “‘Inequality is not only natural and inborn, it grows with the complexity of civilization. Hereditary inequalities breed social and artificial inequalities; every invention or discovery is made or seized by the exceptional individual, and makes the strong stronger, the weak relatively weaker, than before.’” – dark stuff, indeed! from malcolm pollack. here’s the durants’ The Lessons of History.
The Death of Enlightenment – or How Nebraska Beats California – from staffan.
‘Big Givers’ Get Punished for Being Nonconformists – “People punish generous group members by rejecting them socially — even when the generosity benefits everyone — because the ‘big givers’ are nonconformists.” – you just can’t win with humans!
Genetic diversity, economic development and policy – from jason collins.
Emmanuel Todd’s Theory of Modernity from t.greer.
The other slave trade – “Europe used to export slaves to the non-European world.” – from peter frost.
bonus: make sure to check out elijah armstrong’s new blog!
bonus bonus: Chinese Logographs vs. the Latin Alphabet – “[C]ultural systems *do* matter when it comes to cultural advancement and enrichment.” – @habitable worlds.
bonus bonus bonus: Review of “Shots Fired” by Sam Francis – from foseti.
bonus bonus bonus bonus: The rise of identitarian thought… – @occam’s razor.
bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus: Dyslexia is Britain’s secret weapon in the spy war: Top codebreakers can crack complex problems because they suffer from the condition
bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus: Isolated Afghans contemplate mass exodus – “The 1,100 ethnic Kyrgyz living in this isolated sliver of Afghanistan wedged between Tajikistan, Pakistan and China have been spared the violence that has plagued the rest of their country. But they have also done without the burst of foreign aid that has helped reconstruct one of the world’s poorest nations.”
bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus: A Village Invents a Language All Its Own – “The language, called Warlpiri rampaku, or Light Warlpiri, is spoken only by people under 35 in Lajamanu, an isolated village of about 700 people in Australia’s Northern Territory. In all, about 350 people speak the language as their native tongue.”
bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus: Pictured: ‘Vampire’ graves in Poland where skeletons were buried with skulls between their legs – cool!
bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus: Genetic Differences That Let Octopods Flourish – octopod biodiversity!
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