Saturday, October 19, 2013

John Hawks on "Hunting the Denisovan Belt"

(Link)

"What remains to throw a wrench in this problem is the possibility that Denisovan ancestry has been incorrectly estimated. The estimation of Denisovan ancestry for any individual requires an elaborate correction based on the assumption that Denisovan and Neandertal genomes can be cleanly separated; and that sub-Saharan Africans have neither. This procedure requires a population model that is probably wrong."

Thanks, John, for this very well written, accessible, yet nuanced article.

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