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Message 7 of 25 (760609)
06-23-2015 7:55 PM


The folks at the Max Planck Institute have been doing awesome research into ancient DNA. And the technology is improving all the time!

This sure beats measuring bones, as we used to have to do a couple of decades ago to try and determine relationships.


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Message 9 of 25 (760621)
06-23-2015 10:35 PM
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06-23-2015 9:47 PM


True.

I got some good results measuring bones a few decades ago as part of my Ph.D. work. I used a good multivariate stat and had a decent sample size, and lots of variables.

So far DNA analysis in the same area is confusing, in part because it is much more detailed and because the sample size is still small. It takes a while to figure out what's going on.

But I think we'll eventually get more information from DNA than measuring bones--which is good!


Religious belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge.

Belief gets in the way of learning--Robert A. Heinlein

How can I possibly put a new idea into your heads, if I do not first remove your delusions?--Robert A. Heinlein

It's not what we don't know that hurts, it's what we know that ain't so--Will Rogers

If I am entitled to something, someone else is obliged to pay--Jerry Pournelle

If a religion's teachings are true, then it should have nothing to fear from science...--dwise1

"Multiculturalism" demands that the US be tolerant of everything except its own past, culture, traditions, and identity.


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