Sonia ZarrilloResearch Associate, University of British Columbia
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About Sonia Zarrillo
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Terrific! I'm wondering what the effect would be with a population of modern humans with less Neandertal DNA breeding with another population with more Neandetal DNA. Would this, under certain circumstances, appear similar to introgression with Neantertal DNA at different time periods?
Very interesting! I was always under the impression that larger lung volumes were a Neandertal feature, so we stand corrected! Obviously I'll have to read the research paper to find out why the diaphragm was more important (just because of the wider width?) or were there other factors (such as smaller intercostal muscle attachment points, relative to bone size?) that lead to this conclusion? Fantastic work!
Wow - what a story! I am especially impressed by your engagement with the local community - was this always part of the planned project or did it evolve over time?
Thank you Ben. As archaeologists, we have an ethical obligation to engage with the local community, especially when there is a descendant population to the archaeological culture we are studying. Of course, this is not always followed, and varies in different parts of the world. The level of community engagement and the types of involvement is ultimately determined by the community itself - and we follow their lead by providing the opportunities and, as best as possible, the funding to do so. We only scratched the surface in this article on the activities and programs that Francisco and his team were involved in - we consider the local community to be instrumental in our work.