How Much Hard Evidence Do You Need? – “[T]hree dopamine genes … examined, the dopamine transporter gene (DAT1), the dopamine D2 receptor gene (DRD2), and the dopamine D4 receptor gene (DRD4), had small but reliable effects on educational attainment, such that those with a higher ‘dopamine index’ tended to attain less education…. But what’s much more interesting is that they found significant differences in the prevalence of the alleles of theses genes between the White and the Black subjects, with Blacks having tending to have higher dopamine indices.” – from jayman (at his new location!).
Spearheads and DNA Point to a Second Founding Society in North America – “Clovis people, long known for their graceful, fluted projectile points, were not alone in the New World.” – original research article. see also: Paisley Caves yield 13,000-year old Western Stemmed points, more human DNA.
New Au. sediba fossils discovered in rock – “Bones to be unearthed ‘live’ online, in a laboratory studio in real time.”
Fascinatin’ rhythm – “[A] Neanderthal-derived segment that overlaps CLOCK, a key gene in regulating circadian rhythms. That segment has a frequency of 85% in Europeans.” – from greg cochran.
Bad News for Big Brains – “Humans and other creatures with large brains relative to their body size tend to have smaller guts and possibly fewer offspring. Scientists have debated for decades whether the two phenomena are related. Now a team of researchers says that they are—and that big brains do indeed make us smart.”
IQ and fertility cross-nationally – bad news from the inductivist.
The IQ’s Of Russian Politicians – anatoly guesstimates.
Intro to kinship and inbreeding coefficients – “Fair warning: this is the most mathematical post I have ever done. If you hate math or are not good at it, don’t bother reading this post.” – from secular blood. also: On inbreeding coefficients and On kinship coefficients.
Women’s body movements are a potential cue to ovulation – something in the way she moves….
Natural Alzheimer’s Protection – “Researchers identify a gene variant that reduces risk of Alzheimer’s disease.”
bonus bonus: Falling Dominoes – in china.
bonus bonus bonus: Feeling Snappy? Measuring Personality in Hermit Crabs
bonus bonus bonus bonus: Papua New Guinea charges 29 alleged cannibals
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