Mapping Human History: Discovering the Past Through Our Genes

Mapping Human History: Discovering the Past Through Our Genes

by Steve Olson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0618091572

ISBN-13: 9780618091577

Pub. Date: 05/15/2002

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

In this sweeping narrative of the past 150,000 years of human history, Steve Olson draws on new understandings in genetics to reveal how the people of the world came to be.
Traveling across four continents, Olson describes the African origins of modern humans and the migration of our ancestors throughout the world. He offers a genealogy of all of humanity,

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In this sweeping narrative of the past 150,000 years of human history, Steve Olson draws on new understandings in genetics to reveal how the people of the world came to be.
Traveling across four continents, Olson describes the African origins of modern humans and the migration of our ancestors throughout the world. He offers a genealogy of all of humanity, explaining, for instance, why everyone can claim Julius Caesar and Confucius as their forebears and how the history of the Jewish people jibes with, and diverges from, biblical accounts. He shows how groups of people differ and yet are the same, exploding the myth that human races are a biological reality while demonstrating how the accidents of history have resulted in the rich diversity of people today.
Celebrating both our commonality and our variety, MAPPING HUMAN HISTORY is a masterful synthesis of the human past and present that will forever change how we think about ourselves and our relations with others.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618091577
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
05/15/2002
Edition description:
None
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Contents Introduction: The Human Pageant 1

I. Africa

1. The End of Evolution: The African Origins of Modern Humans 11 2. Individuals and Groups: The Divergence of Modern Humans 32 3. The African Diaspora and the Genetic Unity of Modern Humans 54

II. The Middle East

4. Encounters with the Other: Modern Humans and Neandertals In the Middle East 73 5. Agriculture, Civilization, and the Emergence of Ethnicity 90 6. God’s People: A Genetic History of the Jews 106

III. Asia and Australia

7. The Great Migration: To Asia and Beyond 123 8. Sprung from a Common Source: Genes and Languages 137

IV. Europe

9. Who Are the Europeans? 157 10. Immigration and the Future of Europe 175

V. The Americas

11. The Settlement of the Americas 193 12. The Burden of Knowledge: Native Americans and the Human Genome Diversity Project 208

VI. The World

13. The End of Race: Hawaii and the Mixing of Peoples 223

Notes 241 Acknowledgments 276 Index 279

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