Insitome Ancestry Results

I recently had my exome sequenced through Helix for my birthday as a gift from my mother with Insitome’s Regional Ancestry kit to see what’s up with my DNA. My racial background is fairly unambiguous and much of my family is into genealogy as a hobby, so I wasn’t shocked by any of my results. It is neat to see what I got though:

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Did Neanderthals Have Language? Part 1: Language Genes

The most cited research pertaining to language evolution and Neanderthals is almost always the case made from genetics. The reason for this is that the information we have obtained from ancient DNA is relatively more straightforward than what we can even begin to attempt to deduce from anatomy. The only problem with this research is that as straightforward as it is, it also so happens that its case right now is one of the weakest. Continue reading “Did Neanderthals Have Language? Part 1: Language Genes”

Did Neanderthals Have Language? Introduction and Terms Glossary

Ungh, graggle, grok, ungh grok graggle.” – Grok the Neanderthal, 50,000 BCE

Welcome to my short series on Neanderthal language. This is the introduction and glossary- feel free to bookmark this in your tweets, in your homepage, wherever if you wish to follow along. I will post updates and link you to new parts as they come out:

Part 1: Language Genes
Part 2: The Anatomy of Speech
Part 3: The Anatomy of Hearing
Part 4: Speculations and Moving Forward

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Boston’s Brains, Bicycles, and Behaviors: Casual Observations in Cambridge

I’m in the New England area for the next few weeks and have been spending a bit of time around the Harvard campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It’s a beautiful campus, with large, dark red brick buildings set in between some old New England neighborhoods with much greenery that are perfect for evening strolls. The picture above was taken on the second-to-last floor of their psychology building. Being a casual observer, I have noted a couple of things that struck out as different from where I’m coming from (the South).

Compared to Texas and Florida, the first thing I noticed is the near-complete absence of soft drink vending machines. Almost every business and building on campus at my university and my undergraduate institution have at least one

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