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
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
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
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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