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Friday, May 18, 2018

Scientists analyze first ancient human DNA from Southeast Asia

The first whole-genome analyses of ancient human DNA from Southeast Asia reveal that there were at least three major waves of human migration into the region over the last 50,000 years.
The research, published online May 17 in Science, complements what is known from archaeological, historical and linguistic studies of Southeast Asia, defined as the area east of India and south of China.
The work illuminates another critical portion of the story of ancient  dynamics around the world, joining numerous ancient-DNA studies of Europe as well as burgeoning research from the Near East, Central Asia, Pacific Islands and Africa.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Telling Fortunes by the Lakes- J. Lyon Layden Beautiful Fantasy Music f...


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

What I've Been Working On: Android Neanderthals of the Future and Ebu Gogo Stories from Flores for #PitDark, #QueryKombat, #writementor, and Writers of the Future

What I've Been Working On: Android Neanderthals of the Future and Ebu Gogo Stories from Flores for #PitDark, #QueryKombat, #writementor, and Writers of the Future

There's a bunch of contests pertinent to my work with deadlines at the end of this quarter, so I've been a bit too busy to blog!
I've a few interesting posts to make on the research it took to write these stories coming soon, but today I just wanted to share a few cool articles I found in my digging. Some hail from years ago, and some released in the last few weeks...but I'm sure fans of all things prehistoric will appreciate them:

Small-Bodied Humans from Palau, Micronesia
They weren't entirely homo sapien, despite popular TV series claiming otherwise. And they lived at the same time as the Romans.

We Have ‘Eyes In The Back Of The Head,’ Study Shows
Shamans and mystics have told us for thousands of years that the 6th sense is real. A journalist proved it in the 90s on a documentary about staring, and some say Rupert Sheldrake did the same with his studies on dogs and mice. Someone's proven it again, but will western consensus listen?

Minangkabau People
The Minangkabau people are fascinating, and their myths helped to resolve my current novel.

Humans today are more homogenous looking than our ancestors
This article ties in nicely with an interesting discussion I had with John Hawks on Reddit's "Ask Me Anything" last week. I'll post a summary later!


Saturday, April 28, 2018

Music For Reading and Relaxation - "Meditation Grove" from "A Myth for t...


Thursday, April 26, 2018

This Week in Indonesia

Two interesting stories from this week's news with implications for the novel I'm currently writing on prehistoric SoutEast Asia.

Sea Nomads genetically Altered:

Reflections on "The Hobbit:"

And another with excellent implications for my ongoing works on the sapien/neanderthal conflict

Neanderthal Ruled the Ancient Seas:

Can I say "I told you so?"


Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Cricket Mystery - From A Myth For the Magi Jungle Music for Reading


Friday, April 6, 2018

Shiromain's Theme - Joe Lyon Layden (from A Myth for the Magi) Epic Preh...