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An anthropology informed thought experiment gave the Narval their origin story.
Guest post by Jose Moreno-Cortes on creating ANYA’s Narval language.
Our family tree is getting bushier with each new study!
Today, a study published in CELL draws on DNA analysis of living Southeast Asians to show that a fourth species of humans lived alongside modern humans, Denisovans, and Neanderthals . What’s more, the Denisovans were surprisingly diverse and may have been the last group to live beside modern humans, contributing to the DNA of modern humans as recently as 15,000 years ago.
Thanks to Yelena Bernadskaya at Adventures in Poor Taste (AiPT) Science for a wonderful writeup of interviews with ANYA co-creator Dr. Carylanna Taylor and science advisor Dr. Ruth McCole on the science behind this fiction film.
“It’s very satisfying for me to see filmmakers put in the effort to portray science (and scientists) correctly and truthfully in their work. “ (AiPT Science, 3/14/19)
It’s been a week of fast and furious headlines as the news of the first “CRISPR babies” spreads since the original announcement by MIT Technology Review on 11/25/18. It’s been fascinating to watch how different media cover the story. It will be interesting to see if the public ultimately embraces the technological advance or meets it with a collective shrug. (Preliminary news analysis by ANYA filmmaker, anthropologist Carylanna Taylor).