New paper (behind paywall) Estimating the age of p.(Phe508del) with family studies of geographically distinct European populations and the early spread of cystic fibrosis, by Farrell et al., European Journal of Human Genetics (2018).
Interesting excerpts (emphasis mine):
Our results revealed tMRCA average values ranging from 4725 to 1175 years ago and support the estimates of Serre et al. (3000–6000 years ago) , rather than Morral et al. (52,000 years ago) , but the latter figure was challenged by Kaplan et al.  because of disagreement with assumptions used in their calculations. In addition, the tMRCA values from western
… Read the rest “Cystic fibrosis probably spread with expanding Bell Beakers”
I recently read some papers which, albeit apparently unrelated, should be of interest for many today.
The myth of the mixed languages, by Kees Versteeg, in Advances in Maltese linguistics, ed. by Benjamin Saade and Mauro Tosco, 217-238. Berlin and New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 2017 [uncorrected proofs]
This paper focuses on the usefulness of the label ‘mixed languages’ as an analytical tool. Section 1 sketches the emergence of the biological paradigm in linguistics and its effect on the contemporary debate about mixed languages. Sections 2 and 3 discuss two processes that have been held responsible
… Read the rest “The myth of mixed language, the concepts of culture core and package, and the invention of ‘Steppe folk’”