Miguel Vilar

Chickens and Dogs and Bears, Oh My (DNA)

Why did the chicken cross the road? We may never know. But since it did, and it carried its DNA, we can now say something about both chicken and human migration. Yes, using DNA to trace migration and history is ...

The Genographic Team Goes to New Zealand

Kia ora, or Hello from Gisborne, a small city on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Just west of the International date line, Gisborne claimed for years to be the first city in the world to ...

The Genographic Team Goes to New Zealand

Kia ora, or Hello from Gisborne, a small city on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Just west of the International date line, Gisborne claimed for years to be the first city in the world to ...

The Fine Tapestry of the Kaqchikel Women of Guatemala

There is often more than meets the eye when looking at beautiful woven patterns. Patterns have stories, a past and a future. For the Kaqchikel women of Sacatepéquez, Guatemala, weaving expresses emotional ties to their history and creates a ...

Weaving Together the Traditions of the Lowa Women in Nepal

For the Lowa community in the Upper Mustang of Nepal, apron weaving traditions are an important source of their cultural identity. Some women own so many aprons, they can wear a new apron each day of the year. In recent ...

Weaving Together the Traditions of the Lowa Women in Nepal

For the Lowa community in the Upper Mustang of Nepal, apron weaving traditions are an important source of their cultural identity. Some women own so many aprons, they can wear a new apron each day of the year. In recent ...

DNA From Ancient Site in Spain Reshapes Human Family Tree

Six weeks ago I suggested that 2013 was already the breakthrough year for molecular anthropology, but 2013 is ending with yet another highlight. Yesterday, Nature published a stop-you-in-your tracks piece that scrambles the scientific picture of our ancient relatives.  The world-leading Max ...

DNA From Ancient Site in Spain Reshapes Human Family Tree

Six weeks ago I suggested that 2013 was already the breakthrough year for molecular anthropology, but 2013 is ending with yet another highlight. Yesterday, Nature published a stop-you-in-your tracks piece that scrambles the scientific picture of our ancient relatives.  The world-leading Max ...

Genetic Research in the Caribbean Goes Deeper Than DNA

Anthropological fieldwork and laboratory analysis have been at the core of the Genographic Project since its launch in 2005.  Working at that core are scientists from eleven regional research centers spread around the globe collaborating with local indigenous populations to gather ...