Over at agrobiodiver.se there was a nibble today that intrigued me:
- 190,000 year old clothes had lice. 190,000 year old humans had clothes?
No, really, I was interested in the lice. I went to have a look at the story. Turns out there is a suggestion that you could estimate the appearance of the use of clothing by evaluating the point where hair lice diverged from clothing lice. I think that’s kind of an interesting way to look at the problem. I don’t know if they are right, but it’s so very cool when a tool is applied to something I hadn’t known was a research topic amenable to genomics. I know plant fibers and pollen have been looked at for ancient human food topics. But lice–who knew?
I was also pleased to see that anthropologists are interested in genomics training.
Researchers from the American Association for Anthropological Genetics [AAAG], a 70-person organization also meeting with the AAPA, announced it is planning a series of annual educational workshops to provide instruction to anthropologists on rapidly developing genetics and genomics techniques.
Heh. Give us a call. I think I know someone that can do a workshop for ya. We know some software you might want to have a look at….