By Adam Rutherford
given that scientists first learn the human genome in 2001, it's been topic to all kinds of claims, counterclaims, and myths. in reality, as Adam Rutherford explains, our genomes may be learn now not as guide manuals, yet as epic poems. DNA determines a long way under we have now been ended in think approximately us as contributors, yet significantly extra approximately us as a species.
during this beautiful trip during the increasing panorama of genetics, Adam Rutherford finds what our genes now let us know approximately historical past, and what historical past tells us approximately our genes. From Neanderthals to homicide, from redheads to race, useless kings to plague, evolution to epigenetics, it is a demystifying and illuminating new portrait of who we're and the way we got here to be.
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Extra resources for A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes
Retrieved after epochs, DNA has profoundly revised our evolutionary story. The past may be a foreign country, but the maps were inside us the whole time. The amount of data this new science is generating is colossal, phenomenal, overwhelming. Studies are being published every week that upend what has come before. In the penultimate stages of writing this book, the date of the great exodus from Africa may have shifted more than 10,000 years earlier than previously thought, following the discovery of forty-seven modern teeth in China.
Each chapter in this book tells a different story about history and about genetics, of battles lost and won, of invaders, marauders, murder, migration, agriculture, disease, kings and queens, plague, and plenty of deviant sex. Above all, you are holding a history book. Some of the stories here are the history of genetics – with all its own convoluted twists and dark past – included to understand how we know what we now are discovering. Many of the stories are tales of nations, populations, a few known through celebrity or inheritance of power, but most are the anonymous multitudes.
Dozens of lines of evidence bellow incontrovertibly that we are an ape, with an ape ancestor common to chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, and orangutans. Sometimes people say, as a way of revealing the paucity of the fossil record, that all the specimens of ancient human evolution could be placed on a large table or in a single coffin. That’s not true either. We have literally thousands of ancient, hardened bones, found all around the world; many in the nursery of the human story in eastern Africa, many in Europe, and the more we look the more we find.
A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes by Adam Rutherford