Mapping Human History Genes, Race, and Our Common Origins
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Description: In a journey across four continents, acclaimed science writer Steve Olson traces the origins of modern humans and the migrations of our ancestors throughout the world over the past 150,000 years. Like Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs and Steel, Mapping Human History is a groundbreaking synthesis of science and history. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including the latest genetic research, linguistic evidence, and archaeological findings, Olson reveals the surprising unity among modern humans and "demonstrates just how naive some of our ideas about our human ancestry have been" (Discover).Olson offers a genealogy of all humanity, explaining, for instance, why everyone can claim Julius Caesar and Confucius as forebears. Olson also provides startling new perspectives on the invention of agriculture, the peopling of the Americas, the origins of language, the history of the Jews, and more. An engaging and lucid account, Mapping Human History will forever change how we think about ourselves and our relations with others.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 4/1/2003
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
|Introduction: The Human Pageant|
|The End of Evolution: The African Origins of Modern Humans|
|Individuals and Groups: The Divergence of Modern Humans|
|The African Diaspora and the Genetic Unity of Modern Humans|
|The Middle East|
|Encounters with the Other: Modern Humans and Neandertals in the Middle East|
|Agriculture, Civilization, and the Emergence of Ethnicity|
|God's People: A Genetic History of the Jews|
|Asia and Australia|
|The Great Migration: To Asia and Beyond|
|Sprung from a Common Source: Genes and Languages|
|Who Are the Europeans?|
|Immigration and the Future of Europe|
|The Settlement of the Americas|
|The Burden of Knowledge: Native Americans and the Human Genome Diversity Project|
|The End of Race: Hawaii and the Mixing of Peoples|