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Oxytropidoceras posted a topic in Fossil NewsThe September, Volume 18, Number 4, of the issue of the SAA Archaeological Record has series of review papers about the use of DNA and genetics in studying prehistoric and historic mammals and their past interactions with human beings. The PDF file of this issue is at: http://www.saa.org/Portals/0/SAA/Publications/thesaaarchrec/SAA Record Sept 2018 WEB 9.13.18.pdf http://www.saa.org/AbouttheSociety/Publications/TheSAAArchaeologicalRecord/tabid/64/Default.aspx The papers are: Sea Change? New Directions in Marine Mammal Research by Camilla F. Speller Whale Hunting in the Strait of Gibraltar during the Roman Period? by Darío Bernal-Casasola Ecology, Archaeology, and Historical Accounts Demonstrate the Whaling Practices of the Quileute Tribe in Washington State by Frances C. Robertson and Andrew W. Trites Finding Moby: Identifying Whales in the Archaeological Record by S. Evans and J. Mulville http://orca.cf.ac.uk/115359/1/New Evans and Mulville 2018 SAA.pdf Ancient Pinnipeds: What Paleogenetics Can Tell Us about Past Human-Marine Mammal Interactions by Xénia Keighley, Maiken Hemme Bro-Jørgensen, Peter Jordan, and Morten Tange Olsen Cumulative Human Impacts on Pinnipeds Over the Last 7,500 Years in Southern South America by Jonathan W. Nye, Atilio Francisco J. Zangrando, María Paz Martinoli, Martín M. Vázquez, and Marilyn L. Fogel https://www.researchgate.net/publication/329424997_Cumulative_Human_Impacts_on_Pinnipeds_Over_the_Last_7500_Years_in_Southern_South_America Yours, Paul H.
DNA clues to why woolly mammoth died out By Helen Briggs, BBC News, March 2, 2017 http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39142941 The last, lonely woolly mammoths faced a 'genomic meltdown' By Michael Price, Science News, March 2, 2017 http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/03/last-lonely-woolly-mammoths-were-genetically-screwed The Woolly Mammoth's Last Stand New York Times http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39142941 The paper is: Rogers, R. L., and M. Slatkin, 2017, Excess of genomic defects in a woolly mammoth on Wrangel island. PLOS Genetics Published: March 2, 2017, open access. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgen.100660 http://journals.plos.org/plosgenetics/article?id=10.1371/journal.pgen.1006601 Yours, Paul H.
What Did Neanderthals Leave to Modern Humans? Some Surprises. Claudia Dreifus Interviews, John Anthony Capra, an evolutionary genomics professor January 20, 2017, New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/20/science/john-anthony-capra-neanderthals-dna-humans.html Neanderthals Were People, Too. New research shows they shared many behaviors that we long believed to be uniquely human. Why did science get them so wrong? By, Jon Mooallemjan, January 11, 2017 https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/11/magazine/neanderthals-were-people-too.html Yours, Paul H.
From the article... "Snakes lost their limbs over 100 million years ago, but scientists have struggled to identify the genetic changes involved. A Cell paper publishing October 20 sheds some light on the process, describing a stretch of DNA involved in limb formation that is mutated in snakes. " http://phys.org/news/2016-10-snakes-lost-blueprint-limbs.html