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02-05-2013, 09:07 AM
RE: Paleo story of the week
(02-05-2013 08:18 AM)ghostexorcist Wrote:  
(01-05-2013 11:09 PM)Bucky Ball Wrote:  Have you talked about Australopithecus sediba ?
http://phys.org/news/2013-04-australopit...human.html

We briefly discussed it in my biological anthropology class. My teacher said the students who next take the course will have more material to cover because of its discovery.

By the way, a new fossil ape has been discovered in Spain. It has been suggested to be the ancestor of all the great apes (including us).

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/201...132100.htm

That's my great-great-great-great...great grandfather! I always wondered what happened to him. My lineage does come from Catluña Pierolapithecus catalaunicus.

I recently ordered NatGeo's Geno 2.0 to have them analyze my DNA. I have two options, mitrochondial or paternal Consider Which would you recommend I do?
Paternal might be interesting since I know my father's father was born in Catluña. On the other hand my mother's mother was born on the Canary Islands. Give me your thougths.

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02-05-2013, 11:03 AM
RE: Paleo story of the week
(02-05-2013 09:07 AM)Full Circle Wrote:  
(02-05-2013 08:18 AM)ghostexorcist Wrote:  We briefly discussed it in my biological anthropology class. My teacher said the students who next take the course will have more material to cover because of its discovery.

By the way, a new fossil ape has been discovered in Spain. It has been suggested to be the ancestor of all the great apes (including us).

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/201...132100.htm

That's my great-great-great-great...great grandfather! I always wondered what happened to him. My lineage does come from Catluña Pierolapithecus catalaunicus.

I recently ordered NatGeo's Geno 2.0 to have them analyze my DNA. I have two options, mitrochondial or paternal Consider Which would you recommend I do?
Paternal might be interesting since I know my father's father was born in Catluña. On the other hand my mother's mother was born on the Canary Islands. Give me your thougths.

It depends on what your goal is. I believe mtDNA can be traced back further because it doesn't change very much over time.
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02-05-2013, 11:09 AM
RE: Paleo story of the week
(02-05-2013 11:03 AM)ghostexorcist Wrote:  
(02-05-2013 09:07 AM)Full Circle Wrote:  That's my great-great-great-great...great grandfather! I always wondered what happened to him. My lineage does come from Catluña Pierolapithecus catalaunicus.

I recently ordered NatGeo's Geno 2.0 to have them analyze my DNA. I have two options, mitrochondial or paternal Consider Which would you recommend I do?
Paternal might be interesting since I know my father's father was born in Catluña. On the other hand my mother's mother was born on the Canary Islands. Give me your thougths.

It depends on what your goal is. I believe mtDNA can be traced back further because it doesn't change very much over time.

Just looking to see from whence I came and what my makeup says about my ancestors.

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02-05-2013, 11:20 AM (This post was last modified: 02-05-2013 11:26 AM by ghostexorcist.)
RE: Paleo story of the week
(02-05-2013 11:09 AM)Full Circle Wrote:  
(02-05-2013 11:03 AM)ghostexorcist Wrote:  It depends on what your goal is. I believe mtDNA can be traced back further because it doesn't change very much over time.

Just looking to see from whence I came and what my makeup says about my ancestors.

They used mtDNA to trace all humans back to Africa, so it can be traced hundreds of thousands of years into the past. They can trace you to your place in the pool of halpogroups that make up the various genetic clusters of humans. Each group has different levels of variation. Scientists then follow the dots from one group to the next until they find the one with most variation. The group with the most variation is Africa. I'd say you fit somewhere in the purple group on this map. Then again, your Spanish heritage could be quite recent.

[Image: Migration_map4.png]

I think paternal (y-chromosomal) DNA testing would give you more recent ancestry.
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03-05-2013, 09:36 PM
RE: Paleo story of the week
(02-05-2013 11:20 AM)ghostexorcist Wrote:  
(02-05-2013 11:09 AM)Full Circle Wrote:  Just looking to see from whence I came and what my makeup says about my ancestors.

They used mtDNA to trace all humans back to Africa, so it can be traced hundreds of thousands of years into the past. They can trace you to your place in the pool of halpogroups that make up the various genetic clusters of humans. Each group has different levels of variation. Scientists then follow the dots from one group to the next until they find the one with most variation. The group with the most variation is Africa. I'd say you fit somewhere in the purple group on this map. Then again, your Spanish heritage could be quite recent.

[Image: Migration_map4.png]

I think paternal (y-chromosomal) DNA testing would give you more recent ancestry.

So you would go with the paternal?

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03-05-2013, 09:38 PM
RE: Paleo story of the week
http://www.livescience.com/29294-ancient...pid=525409

Hidden beneath a parking lot in Leicester, England, archaeologists have discovered a 1,700-year-old Roman cemetery that seemed to show no religious bias.

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22-05-2013, 12:14 PM
RE: Paleo story of the week
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/201...063842.htm

A cool new fossil named after Johnny Depp? Dern tootin.

[Image: 130516063842.jpg]

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/201...174029.htm

This article has to do with coordinated stasis. In this case, looking at stasis not as a function of morphology, but ecological stasis. This is pretty neat and could factor into research about diversity moving forward (which is a debate that has kind of hit a brick wall).

[Image: 130515174029.jpg]

I've collected fossils from these rocks. NEAT!

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23-05-2013, 08:50 AM
RE: Paleo story of the week
(22-05-2013 12:14 PM)TheBeardedDude Wrote:  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/201...063842.htm

A cool new fossil named after Johnny Depp? Dern tootin.

[Image: 130516063842.jpg]

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/201...174029.htm

This article has to do with coordinated stasis. In this case, looking at stasis not as a function of morphology, but ecological stasis. This is pretty neat and could factor into research about diversity moving forward (which is a debate that has kind of hit a brick wall).

[Image: 130515174029.jpg]

I've collected fossils from these rocks. NEAT!

I believe that ecological statis is why the Ceolecanth hasn't changed in millenia, no reason to, environment hasn't changed, it was already successful in it's ecological niche = stasis.

I collected Ordovician fossils in the riverbeds of Ohio, some really cool stuff underfoot! http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Portals/10/pd...geof17.pdf

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25-05-2013, 06:22 PM
RE: Paleo story of the week
Cosmic impact killed all the megafauna in North America 12,800 years ago

http://phys.org/news/2013-05-comprehensi...heory.html

So that's what happened to the Sabre-tooth cat and the Clovis point makers.

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26-05-2013, 05:35 PM
RE: Paleo story of the week
Allosaurus picked at flesh differently than T. Rex, neck muscle structure reveals

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/201...152638.htm

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