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"A Bone Here, a Bead There: On the Trail of Human Origins" is the title of the NYT article, not the book.
Let us know what you think of The Last Lost World I might give it a read down the road.
Mammoth fragments from Siberia raise cloning hopes
MOSCOW (AP) — Scientists have discovered well-preserved frozen woolly mammoth fragments deep in Siberia that may contain living cells, edging a tad closer to the "Jurassic Park" possibility of cloning a prehistoric animal, the mission's organizer said Tuesday.
I wonder if these statues are life size?
"Well I finished Shaman by KSR. Kind of neat "Clan of the Cave Bear" tale inspired by some recent discoveries in archaeology - new-found cave paintings which were done in a manner that made them seem to move & possibly the first movie. KSR's description of the environment is very convincing - I bet he has hiked some glaciers.
Aha!! I see this momentous discovery has inspired other writers of note, see post 166 at the link for an article about the cave drawings. ;-)
Here is the link mentioned to the cave drawings The very first, stone age!, movies just discovered which I believe KSR said inspired his story.
And the Neanderthal mother is also interesting because this apparently did not happen in the case of human-Neanderthal mixing. No Neanderthal mitochondrial dna has been found in modern humans despite 1.5-2.1 % Neanderthal dna in all non-subSaharan Africans. The interpretation has been that the two groups were near the limit of reproductive compatibility. The human-Neanderthal separation of 500,000 to 770,000 years is greater than the Denisovan-Neanderthal split of roughly 400,000 years ago, so we are seeing greater reproductive compatibility here, as would be expected.
Coincidentally, I just finished making a 3-part series of short videos on recent human origins. The focus is on retracing the last 40 years in the field, and how this has led to the momentum to revise our understanding of what was really going on in Africa over the last several hundred thousand years. The first is here:
and the second, on the mixing with Denisovans and Neanderthals is coming out on Friday. The last covers the situation in Africa.
Another good piece in the current discovery:
I liked it. Evocative portrayal of a group of Pleistocene hunter-gatherers. I really like KSR’s language and ideas.
Archaic Introgression Patterns Point to Three Denisovan Lineages Is another summation of the research above. I am old fashion I guess but I wish we could find more Denisovan burial sites.
This finding is, I think, what you’d expect. Over the vast geographic range of Denisovan presence, you would expect variants. How could you maintain one unitary breeding population over such distances?
There has been some speculation in recent days regarding the identity of the hominin fossils found recently on Luzon:
The age and location has made some wonder whether these people may have been Denisovans, or related to them. Interesting times in paleoanthropology!