New Archaeo-Genetics Articles With Jennifer Raff

Today, Dr. Jennifer Raff is back with us to talk about some recent articles on genetics in archaeology. Particularly the discovery of a new genetic ancestor to early Americans and new evidence about the migration of early Americans. 

Show Notes:

Jennifer Raff at Forbes

Ancient DNA Reveals Yet More Complicated Histories In The Americas

Posth et al. 2018. Reconstructing the Deep Population History of Central and South America.

Moreno-Mayar et al. 2018. Early human dispersals within the Americas.


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Olmecs and Ancient DNA with Jennifer Raff – Archaeological Fantasies ep 98

Today we start a new segment with Dr. Jennifer Raff. We explore the use of ancient DNA in archaeology and how our understanding of such has changed over the years. We also look at the most recent misuse of the Olmec culture as evidence of a pre-columbic African presence in the Americas, and what DNA tells us about that.

Show Notes:

Jennifer Raff –

@jenniferRaff – Twitter

Violent Metaphors – Blog

Archaeological Fantasies and the genetic history of the Americas

DNA in Archaeology with Jennifer Raff – Episode 50

Jennifer A. Raff and Deborah A. Bolnick’s: Does Mitochondrial Haplogroup X Indicate Ancient Trans-Atlantic Migration to the Americas? A Critical Re-Evaluation.

Solutrean Hypothesis –
The Solutrean Hypothesis – Episode 31

CBC, The Solutrean Hypothesis, and Jennifer Raff – Episode 92

No CBC hasn’t proven that ‘White’ Europeans made it to America ‘First’.
On thin ice: Problems with Stanford and Bradley’s Solutrean-Clovis hypothesis

Carl Zimmer’s Game of Genomes

Ancient DNA –
New DNA Results Show Kennewick Man Was Native American

Kennewick Man

The Anzick Clovis Site: Clovis-Aged Burial in American Northwest

Dating Do-Over For Anzick-1, Famous First Americans Burial

Human Speech Gene Found

Dr. Kim TallBear

Miami-Dade Schools teaching Olmecs as Africans – (this has since been removed from their website) –

Nation’s 4th-Largest Metropolitan School District Teaching Kids that Olmecs were Africans

Pseudoscientific Curriculum Offered by Miami-Dade County Schools

Things to Watch/Read/Hear –

The Legend of the Lighthouse – Episode 22

Book Breaking and Book Mending: Most academic books aren’t written to be read—they’re written to be “broken.” That should change by 

A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes Kindle Edition by Adam Rutherford

She Has Her Mother’s Laugh The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity By  Carl Zimmer

The Misuse of Genetics in Pseudoscience – Dr. Jennifer Raff – Skepticon 9

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DNA in Archaeology with Jennifer Raff



Episode 50 of the Archaeological Fantasies is live, and Ken and I were able to finally sit down with someone who knows quite a bit about the use of DNA and genetics in archaeology. Jennifer Raff, who’s covered all this wonderfully over at her own blog Violent Metaphors, was just the podcast guest I’ve been looking for to help us sus out all the ins and outs of genetic evidence in archaeology.

We’ve mentioned Jennifer and her co-author Deborah A. Bolnick’s work before when Ken and I talked about the Solutrean-Clovis hypothesis. Her and Dr. Bolnick’s paper really digs into the supposed genetics that are supposed to support this rather flawed hypothesis.

I’m not going to rehash all of this in this post, Jennifer has done the lion’s share on her blog and paper, and then again on the podcast. I suggest you go give it all a read and a listen. It really clarifies questions I had about ancient genetics and prehistoric DNA.

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