One of the most dramatic stories of genetic discovery since James Watson's "The Double Helix," "The Seven Daughters of Eve" reveals the remarkable story behind a groundbreaking scientific discovery. After being summoned in 1997 to an archaeological site to examine the remains of a five-thousand-year-old man, Bryan Sykes ultimately was able to prove not only that the man was a European but also that he has living relatives in England today. In this lucid, absorbing account, Sykes reveals how the identification of a particular strand of DNA that passes unbroken through the maternal line allows scientists to trace our genetic makeup all the way back to prehistoric times, to seven primeval women, the Seven Daughters of Eve.
"A lovely, rollicking book, direct and clear.... [A] fascinating glimpse into anthropology in the era of the genome." -- Wall Street Journal
"Sykes recounts his tale of discovery with the drama it warrants...gripping." -- New York Times Book Review
"Scientifically accurate and understandable to the layperson.... [The Seven Daughters of Eve] will be recognized as an important work, bringing molecular anthropology to a mass audience." -- Nature
"A natural storyteller, [Sykes] relates the history of developing genetics up to contemporary times as the DNA of genes is decoded.... A riveting account showing how archeological evidence and molecular biology findings complement one another in the challenge to unearth our past and our beginnings." -- Choice
"Sykes has solved some of the hottest debates about human origins." -- Publishers Weekly