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Who We Are and How We Got Here : Ancient DNA and the new science of the human past - David Reich

Who We Are and How We Got Here

Ancient DNA and the new science of the human past

Hardcover Published: 7th May 2018
ISBN: 9780198821250
Number Of Pages: 368

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The past few years have witnessed a revolution in our ability to obtain DNA from ancient humans. This important new data has added to our knowledge from archaeology and anthropology, helped resolve long-existing controversies, challenged long-held views, and thrown up remarkable surprises.

The emerging picture is one of many waves of ancient human migrations, so that all populations living today are mixes of ancient ones, and often carry a genetic component from archaic humans. David Reich, whose team has been at the forefront of these discoveries, explains what genetics is telling us about ourselves and our complex and often surprising ancestry. Gone are old ideas of any kind of racial apurity.' Instead, we are finding a rich variety of mixtures. Reich describes the cutting-edge findings from the past few years, and also considers the sensitivities involved in tracing ancestry, with science sometimes jostling with politics and tradition. He brings an important wider message: that we should recognize that every one of us is the result of a long history of migration and intermixing of ancient peoples, which we carry as ghosts in our DNA.

What will we discover next?

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`Reich's beautifully written book...   demonstrates a hard truth that often makes many of us uncomfortable: not only are all human beings mixed, but our intuitive understanding of the evolution of the population structure of the world around us is not to be trusted.' - Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Professor of Literature at Harvard University

IntroductionPart I - The Deep History of Our Species 1: How the Genome Explains Who We Are 2: Interbreeding with Neanderthals 3: Ancient DNA Opens the FloodgatesPart II - How We Got to Where We Are Today 4: Humanity's Ghosts 5: The Making of Modern Europe 6: The Collision that Formed India 7: In Search of American Ancestors 8: The Genomic Origins of East Asians 9: Rejoining Africa to the Human StoryPart III -The Disruptive Genome 10: The Genomics of Inequality 11: The Genomics of Race and Identity 12: The Future of Ancient DNA

ISBN: 9780198821250
ISBN-10: 0198821255
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 7th May 2018
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 16.2  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.62

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