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Surnames and Genetic Structure
     

Surnames and Genetic Structure

by Gabriel Ward Lasker, R. A. Foley, C. G. Mascie-Taylor
 

ISBN-10: 0521302854

ISBN-13: 9780521302852

Pub. Date: 08/28/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Surnames are inherited in much the same way as are biological traits. Since surnames were generally adopted - in Europe during Medieval times - their distribution has become very uneven: analysis of the present geographic patterns provides an insight into the kind of redistribution of genes that has resulted from all the migrations of the intervening years.

Overview

Surnames are inherited in much the same way as are biological traits. Since surnames were generally adopted - in Europe during Medieval times - their distribution has become very uneven: analysis of the present geographic patterns provides an insight into the kind of redistribution of genes that has resulted from all the migrations of the intervening years. Using non-technical language and a minimum of mathematics, this book presents a lucid description and evaluation of these studies of the genetic structure of human populations. A special feature is the appendix which presents computer-generated maps and distribution diagrams of 100 common surnames in England and Wales.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521302852
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2005
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology Series , #1
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. History of surname studies in human biology; 3. Sources of data; 4. Methods; 5. Isolates and inbreeding; 6. Island versus distance models: the Far East and Oceania; 7. The Americas and continental Europe; 8. Scotland and Ireland; 9. Regions of England; 10. English cities and the general population of England and Wales; 11. Specific surnames in Great Britain; 12. Human population structure; Appendix; Glossary; Index.

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