Who We Are and How We Got Here - WikipediaNow comes the author of that study, Harvard geneticist David Reich, with his book that gives us, at last, the first draft of a true history of the last 5, years. But genetics was the poor relation at the time because its data was so thin. Not any more. The genome is a palimpsest that retains strong traces of the past, so current populations can reveal something of previous population movements. What has changed everything has been the ability, beginning as recently as , to sequence DNA directly from ancient human remains, sometimes as old as 40, years. Reich revisits recent breakthroughs in charting the early history of humans, but his most dramatic discoveries have been made in the more recent past.
Who We Are and How We Got Here
Especially given the rise of overt racism, and the flock of racist men to blogs and discussion forums around genetic prehistory. I'd already read Paabo's book on the Neanderthal work, also highly recommended. Geneticists are already examining ancient human skeletons for genes associated with speech. Were we more inventive.He also repeatedly attacks a straw man in regards to "racial purity. You may have missed it, but archaeology is undergoing a silent revolution. The experience of Kennewick Man, from the interbreeding between our ancestors and the Neandertals and Denisovans 50, whose skeleton has morphological affinities to those of Pacific Rim populations but genetically is derived entirely from the same ancestral population as other Native Americans. The book eloquently addresses what ancient DNA has revealed about these mixing !
Still it was fun learning about things Four Population Tests to identify likely common ancestors and how they group current and past populations of people. This "sex bias" tot some human ancestries is evidence of an imbalance in social power between human classes during past history. It is hard to believe that most of that did not resemble ancient tales of rape and pillage. At first I found it interesting to think about what we can learn from ancient DNA samples and how.
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David Reich Pantheon pp. Purchase this item now. In Who We Are and How We Got Here , David Reich gracefully describes how recent advances in genomics have enabled the study of ancient genomes and how this, in turn, has significantly affected the study of the evolutionary and demographic history of our species. With a pleasant narrative style that immediately engages both scientists and nonscientists, the book describes the technological and statistical advances that have allowed researchers to read the genomes of humans, past and present. The author is in a privileged position to convey the progress and major milestones achieved in the burgeoning field of ancient genomics because his research group has been a main player in this arena since the beginning.