BAMAD no.26

 DNA and 
 Anthropology Updates 

Updates in DNA studies along with Anthropological Notes of general interest with a particular emphasis on points pertinent to the study of Ancient Israelite Ancestral Connections to Western Peoples as explained in Brit-Am studies.


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1. Iceland has greatest Life Expectancy
2. DNA sheds light on Minoans
3. How tall you are may predict how jealous you are

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1. Iceland has greatest Life Expectancy
Statistics show Icelandic men have longest life expectancy

 Icelandic men have the longest life expectancy in the world, living an average of 79.4 years in 2007, Statistics Iceland said on Thursday.

"This is a world record. They live even longer than Japanese men," Oloef Gardarsdottir, a spokeswoman for the agency, told AFP.

Japanese men live on average 78.6 years.

"We don't have an explanation. It's really difficult to give a reason why," she said.

Icelandic women meanwhile have a life expectancy of 82.9 years, among the highest in the world.

Japanese women have an average life expectancy of nearly 86 years, according to United Nations statistics.

Icelandic men and women lived on average more than 81 years in 2007, not far behind Japan at 82 years and ahead of France at almost 81 years.

The North Atlantic island has long lived off of the fishing industry but has undergone a vast transformation since the mid-1990s, in particular due to a booming financial sector.

The Nordic country is one of the richest in the world, and has a population of 313,400.

2. DNA sheds light on Minoans
Crete's fabled Minoan civilization was built by people from Anatolia, according to a new study by Greek and foreign scientists that disputes an earlier theory that said the Minoans' forefathers had come from Africa.

The new study " a collaboration by experts in Greece, the USA, Canada, Russia and Turkey" drew its conclusions from the DNA analysis of 193 men from Crete and another 171 from former neolithic colonies in central and northern Greece.

The results show that the country's neolithic population came to Greece by sea from Anatolia "modern-day Iran, Iraq and Syria" and not from Africa as maintained by US scholar Martin Bernal.

The DNA analysis indicates that the arrival of neolithic man in Greece from Anatolia coincided with the social and cultural upsurge that led to the birth of the Minoan civilization, Constantinos Triantafyllidis of Thessaloniki's Aristotle University told Kathimerini.

"Until now we only had the archaeological evidence,  now we have genetic data too and we can date the DNA," he said.

3. How tall you are may predict how jealous you are
Because male height is associated with attractiveness, dominance, and reproductive success, taller men may be less jealous. And because female height has a curvilinear relationship with health and reproductive success (with average-height females having the advantages), female height may have a curvilinear relationship with jealousy. In Study 1, male height was found to be negatively correlated with self-reported global jealousy, whereas female height was curvilinearly related to jealousy, with average-height women reporting the lowest levels of jealousy. In Study 2, male height was found to be negatively correlated with jealousy in response to socially influential, physically dominant, and physically attractive rivals. Female height was negatively correlated with jealousy in response to physically attractive, physically dominant, and high-social-status rivals; in addition, quadratic effects revealed that approximately average-height women tend to be less jealous of physically attractive rivals but more jealous of rivals with "masculine" characteristics of physical dominance and social status.

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