The Roopkund lake is a small body of water situated at around 5000 m in the Himalayas. It lies on the route of a pilgrimage to the Hindu goddess Nanda Devi. The bottom of the lake is covered with the skeletal remains of many hundred individuals. Their fate has long been as matter
A recent genetic study of more than 8000 Mexicans and other Latin Americans suggests that a gene variant which seems to increase the risk of diabetes may have been inherited from the Neanderthals.
The gene in question has been found in up to 50% of people
DNA analysis of some 2000 people from the British Isles have been analysed and their genetic signature plotted, (Nature, vol 519). The distribution of the genetic clusters gave an excellent match with that of the major tribes inhabiting Britain in the period 550-600 AD, i.e. Anglo Saxon times. In other words, many people
The DNA of the present day indigenous people of the south west Pacific indicates a heterogenous mix of Papuan and East Asian origin. Previously it was thought that these people originated from admixture in the New Guinea region before expansion to the more remote islands. A paper in Nature Vol. 538 gives the