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Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry / Edition 1
     

Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry / Edition 1

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by Bryan Sykes
 

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ISBN-10: 0393323145

ISBN-13: 9780393323146

Pub. Date: 05/01/2002

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

The national bestseller that reveals how we are descended from seven prehistoric women.
In 1994 Bryan Sykes was called in as an expert to examine the frozen remains of a man trapped in glacial ice in northern Italy for over 5000 years—the Ice Man. Sykes succeeded in extracting DNA from the Ice Man, but even more important, writes Science News?, was his

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The national bestseller that reveals how we are descended from seven prehistoric women.
In 1994 Bryan Sykes was called in as an expert to examine the frozen remains of a man trapped in glacial ice in northern Italy for over 5000 years—the Ice Man. Sykes succeeded in extracting DNA from the Ice Man, but even more important, writes Science News?, was his "ability to directly link that DNA to Europeans living today." In this groundbreaking book, Sykes reveals how the identification of a particular strand of DNA that passes unbroken through the maternal line allows scientists to trace our genetic makeup all the way back to prehistoric times—to seven primeval women, the "seven daughters of Eve."

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ISBN-13:
9780393323146
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
83,349
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

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The Seven Daughters of Eve 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Lyonness More than 1 year ago
It's such a pleasure to read a book like this. Sykes knows how to write to engage and at times amuse the lay reader. He doesn't bog down his prose with jargon, nor bore you with esoteric droning. He just tells the story and he tells it well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you have an interest in genealogy or the history and science behind DNA, this is a very readable book. The author keeps the writing relatively simple and easy to comprehend. As a skeptic, I would want to check out the research before commenting on the validity/veracity of the information presented. That said, I enjoyed the book and feel it introduced me to new [to me] ideas.
photosapien More than 1 year ago
Archeology is a very inexact science. We know so very little and try to make up for the rest with supposition and theory. The unlooked for introduction of DNA science and the ability to discover such strong evidence regarding the history of our species puts existing archeological evidence in a very new light. This is a fascinating and thought provoking book both on a grand theoretical scale, and on the personal level as we begin to understand the development of homo sapiens, and see the implications for our own personal forbearers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Seven Daughters of Eve was a book I couldn't put down. The anectdotes, humor, history and science combined for a pleasurable and very educational read. I appreciated the author's thoroughness at explaining his scientific proof, rather than hoping the reader will press the "I believe" button. He also explains how he handled scepticism and questions that rose about his work. I loved this book! I have to admit, being a biochemist myself, I found it an easy read. I cannot say whether a non-scientific reader would find it as easy. However, I feel he does a great job at explaining technical information at an approrpiate level of detail without bogging the reader down. You MUST read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be very entertaining and informative. Mr. Sykes does a great job of conveying the scientific material in a non-scientific way, so that the reader gets a real sense of the humanity involved. I found it very interesting how his book tied in so well with Jared Diamond's 'Guns,Germs,and Steel'. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Seven Daughters of Eve was so well written, humorous, and moving that I found myself wishing Bryan Sykes had taught my science classes in school. The book took this reader on a journey through the analytical and sometimes tedious process of scientific discovery and proof. Via Bryan Sykes passion and excitement for science and genetics, the author inspires enthusiasm for the topic. The world of research is communicated in terms lay people can understand. But more than an account of research findings, this book reveals a simple universal truth: We are all closely connected.
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ApexAnnie More than 1 year ago
Bryan Sykes is the exception among scientists - capable of reaching the average reader's level with good writing, creative story-telling, and a wonderfully wry sense of humor. I'm an MA-French Lit, in my old age indulging my curiosity about other fields - if I can understand him, anybody can. I've now read three of his books, all with pauses for laughter, and am looking forward to the next one.
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VarietyReaderIA More than 1 year ago
I wanted a read that would be different from my usual romance, sci-fi and mystery. This book gave me that and more. Thought provoking and interesting to the end.
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