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Anthropology is the study of humans, their close relatives and their cultural environment. Subfields of anthropology deal with hominin evolution and the comparative study of extant and past cultures.

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    Thousands of varieties of wine grapes have been recorded and described in historical accounts, some going back as far as the Middle Ages, but genetic relationships between ancient and modern varieties were unknown. Genomic sequencing of 28 seeds, dating back as far as the Iron Age, finds close relationships to today’s cultivars, including a genetic match to Savagnin Blanc from 1100 ce.

    • Jazmín Ramos-Madrigal
    • , Anne Kathrine Wiborg Runge
    • , Laurent Bouby
    • , Thierry Lacombe
    • , José Alfredo Samaniego Castruita
    • , Anne-Françoise Adam-Blondon
    • , Isabel Figueiral
    • , Charlotte Hallavant
    • , José M. Martínez-Zapater
    • , Caroline Schaal
    • , Reinhard Töpfer
    • , Bent Petersen
    • , Thomas Sicheritz-Pontén
    • , Patrice This
    • , Roberto Bacilieri
    • , M. Thomas P. Gilbert
    •  & Nathan Wales
    Nature Plants 5, 595-603
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    DNA analysis of ancient individuals and modern populations suggests that the population history of North America can be explained by the admixture of two ancestral lineages—Palaeo-Eskimos and First Peoples.

    • Pavel Flegontov
    • , N. Ezgi Altınışık
    • , Piya Changmai
    • , Nadin Rohland
    • , Swapan Mallick
    • , Nicole Adamski
    • , Deborah A. Bolnick
    • , Nasreen Broomandkhoshbacht
    • , Francesca Candilio
    • , Brendan J. Culleton
    • , Olga Flegontova
    • , T. Max Friesen
    • , Choongwon Jeong
    • , Thomas K. Harper
    • , Denise Keating
    • , Douglas J. Kennett
    • , Alexander M. Kim
    • , Thiseas C. Lamnidis
    • , Ann Marie Lawson
    • , Iñigo Olalde
    • , Jonas Oppenheimer
    • , Ben A. Potter
    • , Jennifer Raff
    • , Robert A. Sattler
    • , Pontus Skoglund
    • , Kristin Stewardson
    • , Edward J. Vajda
    • , Sergey Vasilyev
    • , Elizaveta Veselovskaya
    • , M. Geoffrey Hayes
    • , Dennis H. O’Rourke
    • , Johannes Krause
    • , Ron Pinhasi
    • , David Reich
    •  & Stephan Schiffels
    Nature 570, 236-240
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    Analyses of 34 ancient genomes from northeastern Siberia, dating to between 31,000 and 600 years ago, reveal at least three major migration events in the late Pleistocene population history of the region.

    • Martin Sikora
    • , Vladimir V. Pitulko
    • , Vitor C. Sousa
    • , Morten E. Allentoft
    • , Lasse Vinner
    • , Simon Rasmussen
    • , Ashot Margaryan
    • , Peter de Barros Damgaard
    • , Constanza de la Fuente
    • , Gabriel Renaud
    • , Melinda A. Yang
    • , Qiaomei Fu
    • , Isabelle Dupanloup
    • , Konstantinos Giampoudakis
    • , David Nogués-Bravo
    • , Carsten Rahbek
    • , Guus Kroonen
    • , Michaël Peyrot
    • , Hugh McColl
    • , Sergey V. Vasilyev
    • , Elizaveta Veselovskaya
    • , Margarita Gerasimova
    • , Elena Y. Pavlova
    • , Vyacheslav G. Chasnyk
    • , Pavel A. Nikolskiy
    • , Andrei V. Gromov
    • , Valeriy I. Khartanovich
    • , Vyacheslav Moiseyev
    • , Pavel S. Grebenyuk
    • , Alexander Yu. Fedorchenko
    • , Alexander I. Lebedintsev
    • , Sergey B. Slobodin
    • , Boris A. Malyarchuk
    • , Rui Martiniano
    • , Morten Meldgaard
    • , Laura Arppe
    • , Jukka U. Palo
    • , Tarja Sundell
    • , Kristiina Mannermaa
    • , Mikko Putkonen
    • , Verner Alexandersen
    • , Charlotte Primeau
    • , Nurbol Baimukhanov
    • , Ripan S. Malhi
    • , Karl-Göran Sjögren
    • , Kristian Kristiansen
    • , Anna Wessman
    • , Antti Sajantila
    • , Marta Mirazon Lahr
    • , Richard Durbin
    • , Rasmus Nielsen
    • , David J. Meltzer
    • , Laurent Excoffier
    •  & Eske Willerslev
    Nature 570, 182-188

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