Migration to China and Neanderthals

Globalization has resulted in the movement of large groups of people all around the world. The West is an oft-chosen destination because of its status as a rich, core nation. This podcast reports on the recent African migration to China and how the presence of these Africans, in addition to the election of Barack Obama is changing the understanding of race in China.

In other news, the first draft (around 60%) of the Neanderthal genome has been sequenced, coinciding with the 200th aniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth. John Hawks has a nice FAQ that describes the details of these findings, namely the use of methods that rule out the contamination of the DNA by other specimens, and the difficulty in establishing whether Neanderthals were “distinct” from modern humans.

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