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  • ISBN: 9781101870327
  • ISBN10: 110187032X

Who We Are and How We Got Here : the Ancient DNA Revolution and the New Science of the Human Past

by Reich, David, Reich, Eugenie

  • List Price: $28.95
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publish date: 03/27/2018
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Description: "In just five years, the study of ancient DNA has transformed our understanding of world prehistory. The geneticist David Reich, one of the pioneers in this field, here gives the brilliantly lucid first account of the resulting new view of human origins and of the later dispersals that went on to shape the modern world," --Colin Renfrew, Disney Professor of Archeology Emeritus, University of Cambridge "Reich's magisterial book gives a riveting account of human prehistory and history through the new lens provided by ancient DNA data. The story of human populations, as he shows, is ever one of widespread and repeated mixing, debunking the fiction of 'pure' populations." --Molly Przeworski, Professor of Biological Sciences, Colombia University "The breathtaking book dramatically revises our understanding of the deep history of our species in our African homeland and beyond. Beautifully written, it reads like a detective novel and 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., University Professor, Harvard University, and Executive Producer of Finding Your Roots "This absorbing book will blow you away with its rich and astounding account of where we came from and why that matters. Reich tells the surprising story of how humans got to every corner of the planet, which was revealed only after he and other scientists unlocked will transform how you think about the meaning of ancestry and race." --Daniel E. Lieberman, Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, and author of The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease "Powerful writing and extraordinary insights animate this endlessly fascinating account, by a world scientific leader, of who we modern humans are and how our ancestors arrived in the diverse corners of the world. I could not put the book down." --Robert Weinberg, Professor of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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