Recent relevant papers

The latest days have seen a number of interesting and relevant papers published. Just now Love Daléns team published sex-identificatiosn on mammoths in Current Biology. And those were used to discuss social behaviour in the species. From Arne Ludwigs team there was a short note in Nature Ecology & Evolution on coat-colour adaptation in post-glacial horses. And Mark Thomas team had a paper out in PNAS just the other day on quantifying migration, and suggesting shifting levels of mobility in HGs, and a lot of it during the Neolithic transition. Good and interesting papers all of them, that reminds me why I am in this trade.

Love and Patricia, the senior and lead author on the mammoth paper


But the one paper that stuck with me most of last evening was one that is not even published yet. Ralf-Dietrich Khakle and his team has a manuscript on BioRxiv, “Uneven Data Quality and the Earliest Occupation of Europe – The Case of Untermassfeld (Germany)”. It is just what the title suggests, a critical description of early human activities at Untermassfeld. Not only does it convincingly argue that there is no proof for human activities one million years ago at the site, which was recently suggested. It is also a scary lesson of what could go terribly wrong if you do not know, or care about, your context.