Great ape genetic diversity and population history

Another step sorting out the evolutionary history of humans and other great apes, reported in Nature. For the study, 79 wild- and captive-born individuals representing all six great ape species and seven subspecies were sequenced. The results don’t seem particularly surprising We find extensive inbreeding in almost all wild populations, with eastern gorillas being the…

The fish that first walked on land …

is probably *TATA* – the lungfish. OK, I spoiled the surprise, but if you have any interest in evolution, you should still read this excellent paper on the evolution of the first tetrapods in tomorrow’s issue of Nature. It’s just amazing what the molecular biology colleagues are pulling out of full genome sequencing data in…