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Did Eve Live in Southern Africa?

Did Eve Live in Southern Africa?

Dr C discusses recent claims that the mother of every person alive on earth today lived in southern Africa, in what is now a vast desert. He points out several critical assumptions behind the conclusions and a couple of errors made by the researchers as they attempted...
Twisting Tales with Ancient DNA

Twisting Tales with Ancient DNA

  The fact that ancient DNA exists at all is a minor miracle. And now that we have figured out how to extract it efficiently and sequence it accurately (more or less), we are suddenly able to answer many long-standing historical riddles. Dr C explains how ancient...
Fun Anecdotes in Genetics

Fun Anecdotes in Genetics

  Location: Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater, Morrison, Colorado Thomas Jefferson has children by his slave Sally Hemmings, historical uncertainty, Genghis Khan leaves an enduring genetic legacy, African Y chromosomes in old England, Levi and the Cohanim, the...
The Mystery of Human Ancestry

The Mystery of Human Ancestry

  Old ideas about where babies come from, blending ancestry, Mendel and the neo-Darwinian synthesis, “Darwinism”, maybe proteins confer ancestry, DNA did not look like anything important, discovery that DNA is the source of ancestry in 1952 via the Hershey-Chase...