Who we are and how we got here

ancient DNA and the new science of the human past

335 pages

English language

Published Jan. 18, 2018

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4 stars (4 reviews)

"A groundbreaking book about how technological advances in genomics and the extraction of ancient DNA have profoundly changed our understanding of human prehistory while resolving many long-standing controversies. Massive technological innovations now allow scientists to extract and analyze ancient DNA as never before, and it has become clear--in part from David Reich's own contributions to the field--that genomics is as important a means of understanding the human past as archeology, linguistics, and the written word. Now, in The New Science of the Human Past, Reich describes with unprecedented clarity just how the human genome provides not only all the information that a fertilized human egg needs to develop but also contains within it the history of our species. He delineates how the Genomic Revolution and ancient DNA are transforming our understanding of our own lineage as modern humans; how genomics deconstructs the idea that there are no biologically meaningful differences …

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The more-precise study of ancient human DNA that science now can accomplish allows us insight into parts of human history that had always before been considered "pre-history" and therefore mostly unknowable. In our genes is a record of our migrations and interactions that tells surprising tales. This book, though not easy reading, can catch the patient reader up on how this science is progressing.

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  • Genomics
  • DNA
  • Human genetics
  • Human population genetics
  • Prehistoric peoples
  • Popular works
  • Analysis