Ancient DNA from Neolithic Sweden – “[I]t seems that ‘leapfrog’ colonization may be responsible for the spread of agriculture and its associated technologies (such as Megalithism) across Europe. In this model, farmers lept from place to place across the landscape intentionally, preserving their gene pool and largely ignoring the pre-existing foragers of the landscape…. In this respect, the colonization of Europe bears some resemblance to the settlement of the Americas by Europeans: it happened by leaps and bounds, and the early waves of explorers and pioneers may have opened the landscape but did not immediately fill it: this happened later as a result of demographic growth and new waves of migration, with the extant populations being differentially descended — in different proportions — from migrants and natives.” – great post from dienekes.
Gay bashing by race – from the audacious one.
Like baboons, our elected leaders are literally addicted to power – “Political power has a similar effect on the brain to cocaine”
Higher maternal age predicts risk of autism – “[C]hildren of mothers older than 35 years had 30% increased risk for autism.”
bonus: The Basis of a Real Conversation – from john derbyshire.
bonus bonus: Rare Protozoan from Sludge in Norwegian Lake Does Not Fit On Main Branches of Tree of Life – “The protozoan is not a fungus, alga, parasite, plant or animal.”
bonus bonus bonus: Astronomers find new planet capable of supporting life – let’s go!
bonus bonus bonus bonus: darwin award candidate – Swiss woman dies after attempting to live on sunlight; Woman gave up food and water on spiritual journey – no, humans are not plants.
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