Genes, Peoples, and Languages / Edition 1

Genes, Peoples, and Languages / Edition 1

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by Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza, L. L. Cavalli-Sforza, Mark Seielstad
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520228731

ISBN-13: 9780520228733

Pub. Date: 04/03/2001

Publisher: University of California Press

Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza was among the first to ask whether the genes of modern populations contain a historical record of the human species. Cavalli-Sforza and others have answered this question—anticipated by Darwin—with a decisive yes. Genes, Peoples, and Languages comprises five lectures that serve as a summation of the author's work over

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Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza was among the first to ask whether the genes of modern populations contain a historical record of the human species. Cavalli-Sforza and others have answered this question—anticipated by Darwin—with a decisive yes. Genes, Peoples, and Languages comprises five lectures that serve as a summation of the author's work over several decades, the goal of which has been nothing less than tracking the past hundred thousand years of human evolution.

Cavalli-Sforza raises questions that have serious political, social, and scientific import: When and where did we evolve? How have human societies spread across the continents? How have cultural innovations affected the growth and spread of populations? What is the connection between genes and languages? Always provocative and often astonishing, Cavalli-Sforza explains why there is no genetic basis for racial classification.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520228733
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
04/03/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
239
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Acknowledgmentsix
1.Genes and History3
2.A Walk in the Woods33
3.Of Adam and Eve57
4.Technological Revolutions and Gene Geography92
5.Genes and Languages133
6.Cultural Transmission and Evolution173
Bibliography209
Index215

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Genes, Peoples, and Languages 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza answers questions that has had man wondering since time immemorial. A classic research into the human dispersion, starting from the first appearance of Homo-Sapiens to today's wide variety of races and peoples. First the author illustrates the findings of a more authoratative research technique of comparing genes of different peoples, and estimating the 'distance' between peoples. Later on, he uses other, rather subjective techniques to demonstrate how the results of the genetic comparison can be substantiated. With an interest in anthropology and linguistics, and having read a few books in this area, I found this book a great source of information. Very concisely written, yet touching on all major topics within the scope. A good book to read on a Sunday afternoon, but can be dissappointing if you expect it to be an encyclopedia. One can also notice the author's stance against racism, especially given the author's exposure to scientific research on various races and their differences.