The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution

The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution

by Gregory Cochran, Henry Harpending
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The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution by Gregory Cochran, Henry Harpending

Scientists have long believed that the "great leap forward"-some 40,000 to 50,000 years ago in Europe-marked the end of significant biological evolution in humans. In this stunning account of our evolutionary history, leading anthropology professors Gregory Cochran and Henry Harpending reject this conventional wisdom and reveal that the human species has undergone a storm of recent genetic change. Ranging across subjects as diverse as human-Neanderthal hybridization, the evolution of intelligence, and even the prominent role of milk in human history, Cochran and Harpending demonstrate convincingly that not only has human evolution not stopped, it has exploded.

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ISBN-13: 9780465020423
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 10/19/2010
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 358,401
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author


Gregory Cochran is a physicist and Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the University of Utah. For many years, he worked on lasers and image enhancement in the field of aerospace. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Henry Harpending holds the Thomas Chair as Distinguished Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Utah. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. A field anthropologist and population geneticist, he helped develop the “Out of Africa” theory of human origins. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Gregory Cochran and Henry Harpending's research has been featured in the New York Times, The Economist, Los Angeles Times, Jerusalem Post, Atlantic Monthly, Science, Seed, and more.

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10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
iron75 More than 1 year ago
Well written. Wish I would have bought the paperback version so I could physically leaf through the book. Anyone interested in human evolution during the last 50,000 years will find this book intriguing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is creative in the sense that is presents a different and radical version of human evolution. I would recommend it to those interested in evolution and believe in evolution and would like to see a new aspect of it. It does fail to provide concrete evidence to support a theory most of it is based on assumptions. They did however provide some interesting examples that could or might support their theory yet I still think they should have waited to publish this book and done more research because I am not entirely convinced of this new theory of human evolution. Some parts of the books are confusing and may require rereading and patience. The theory provided may seem like a possibility but that is all it is, a probable possibility.