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DNA Color Clustering

This looks interesting. It also looks obvious. (So why didn’t I think of it myself?) “Unsure of how other people were sorting their Shared Matches from AncestryDNA, I developed my own method: the Leeds Method of DNA Color Clustering. This simple and quick method helps you easily visualize how your close cousins are related to you and each other.“ Dana Leeds, “DNA Color...

Behavioral Genetics

Some of my friends think Human Biodiversity is just alt.right propaganda. Others, equally liberal and progressive, think it’s a breath of fresh air in a field overburdened with political correctness. Me, I’m an agnostic. As I often remind people, I didn’t get the True Believer Gene. With that out of the way, Jayman has what I think is a very nice intro article, “The Five...

Shared cM Project

One of these days I need to take some time to write about calculating relationships between two people based on the amount of DNA they share. It seems like such a simple thing, but nothing is simple if no one has ever explained it to you. I run into a lot of people who just don’t get it, so they’re chasing down theories that make no sense. In the meantime, here’s a quick intro...

Population Replacement

DNA research is exploding established history everywhere we look. When I was growing up, everyone assumed that modern humans moved into Europe from the Middle East, spread out, and stayed. So, for us, history was pretty much invasions where different peoples took over new land, and (probably) exterminated or enslaved everyone who lived there before. It turns out it wasn’t like that...

Three Ancestral Tribes

Everywhere you look these days the population genetics folks are talking about three populations. Wait, what? I must have missed something. I thought there were only two populations in Europe. The older hunter gatherers who were the original population from the Paleolithic, or Old Stone Age, and the newer invaders who overran them in the Neolithic, or New Stone Age.  But no. It’s more...

Genome Mate

This seems promising, but it’s a lot of work. I keep wondering what benefit I think I’m getting, exactly.  “When tracing your family tree, whether through traditional genealogy or by making use of DNA testing, ongoing success will rely on a few simple factors: patience, luck, and good organizational skills.  You may not be able to control your luck, and you may struggle...

spread of the Indo-Europeans

With the advent of DNA testing we’ve been seeing lot more discussion about the origin of the Indo-Europeans. That’s because the solution to the mystery seems to be within our grasp. First, let’s refresh our terms. Indo-European is a language group, not an ethnic classification, although it’s sometimes used as a proxy for race. There are 445 modern languages that are all...

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Justin Swanstrom

Justin Swanstrom

Made in America. Retired attorney. Bookseller at Shining Lotus. No Nazis in Valhalla. He/him.

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