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Reflections of Our Past

Reflections of Our Past

How Human History Is Revealed in Our Genes

The rise of the multi-billion dollar ancestry testing industry points to one immutable truth about us as human beings: we want to know where we come from and who our ancestors were. John H. Relethford and Deborah A. Bolnick explore this topic and many more in this second edition of Reflections of Our Past.Where did modern humans come from and how important are the biological differences among us? Are we descended from Neandertals? How should we understand the connections between genetic ancestry, race, and identity? Were Native Americans the first settlers of the Americas? Can we see even in the Irish of today evidence of Viking invasions of a millennium ago? Through engaging examination of issues such as these, and using non-technical language, Reflections of Our Pastshows how anthropologists use genetic information to suggest answers to fundamental questions about human history. By looking at genetic variation in the world today and in the past, we can reconstruct the recent and remote events and processes that have created the variation we see, providing a fascinating reflection of our genetic past.
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Genre: Nonfiction / Social Science / Anthropology / Physical

On Sale: February 13th 2018

Price: $37

Page Count: 320

ISBN-13: 9780813349466

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Reflections of Our Past is an engaging and accessible work about the genetic history of humankind expressed without the confusing jargon so often found in the literature in this field.—Gerrell Drawhorn, CSU-Sacramento
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For anyone curious about the science behind the DNA ancestry tests whose commercials inundate our TV sets, this book is a must read.—Justin Garcia, Millersville University of Pennsylvania
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[A] readable, relevant accurate book by two top-notch, trustworthy researchers on an important and often misunderstood topic.—Sheela Athreya, Texas A&M
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"An important contribution to the literature on human origins."—Booklist
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"I've never read a better popular exposition of science than this. John Relethford, a major contributor to research in this field, writes with exceptional clarity and authority. Anyone seeking to understand how human history might be resurrected from present patterns of genetic variability will find this book immensely satisfying."—Ken Korey, Dartmouth
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