Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza draws upon his lifelong work in archaeology, anthropology, genetics, molecular biology, and linguistics, to address the basic questions of human origins and diversity. Coauthored by his son, Francesco, the book answers age-old questions such as: Was there a mitochondrial Eve? Did the first humans originate in Africa or in several spots on the planet at about the same time? How did humans get onto North America, the tip of South America, and Australia?
Population geneticist Cavalli-Sforza summarizes his 40 years of research on the connections between current genetic data and the evolutionary past for general readers. He outlines the fundamentals of evolutionary theory, shows how archaeological and genetic data were used to track human migrations during the spread of agriculture, and probes issues of eugenics, genetic engineering, and the existence of a single ancestral language. Includes b&w illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)