Mapping Human History: Genes, Race, and Our Common Origins

Mapping Human History: Genes, Race, and Our Common Origins

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Paperback, Pages: 304

Genres: Science, History, Nonfiction, Anthropology

Language: English

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Mapping Human History: Genes, Race, and Our Common Origins
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In a journey across four continents, acclaimed science writer Steve Olson traces the origins of modern humans and the migrations of our ancestors throughout the world over the past 150,000 years. Like Jared Diamonds Guns, Germs and Steel, Mapping Human History is a groundbreaking synthesis of science and history. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including the latest genetic research, linguistic evidence, and archaeological findings, Olson reveals the surprising unity among modern humans and demonstrates just how naive some of our ideas about our human ancestry have been (Discover).Olson offers a genealogy of all humanity, explaining, for instance, why everyone can claim Julius Caesar and Confucius as forebears. Olson also provides startling new perspectives on the invention of agriculture, the peopling of the Americas, the origins of language, the history of the Jews, and more. An engaging and lucid account, Mapping Human History will forever change how we think about ourselves and our relations with others.

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  •    Malajas Brudnitski
    2020
    Some things about genetics I assumed were true turns out are false.
    1. The mathematical "proof" that biological numbers of an individuals ancestors converges to a common "eve".
    2. Ethnic groups who claim genetic "purity" such as the "Basque,Lemba, assorted Jews, " do in fact share the same DNA as their geographic neighbors.
    3. It is impossible to determine whether or not someone is pure "Hawaiian" because there is no Hawaiian set of genes, or an Asian set of genes, or a European set of genes etc.
    4. One need to go back a couple millennia to connect everyone alive today to a common pool of ancestors. The common pool includes Nefertiti, Confucius, and from Julius Caesar.
    5. People like to trace their ancestry back to famous figures. Such claims are typically impossible to prove and many geneologist dismiss them as fantasies.

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