Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past

Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past

A groundbreaking book about how technological advances in genomics and the extraction of ancient DNA have profoundly changed our understanding of human prehistory while resolving many long-standing controversies. Massive technological innovations now allow scientists to extract and analyze ancient DNA as never before, and it has become clear--in part from David Reich's own A groundbreaking book about how technological advances in genomics and the extraction of ancient DNA have profoundly c...

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Title:Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past
Author:David Reich
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Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past Reviews

  • Gail
    Jun 18, 2018

    We geneticists may be the barbarians coming late to the study of the human past, but it is always a bad idea to ignore barbarians. We have access to a type of data that no one has had before, and we are wielding these data to address previously unapproachable questions about who ancien...

    This was a fantastic condensation of modern research on genomics and it's effect on our understanding of anthropology and history. Really, what is it with biologists that they are able to write these books understandable to a relatively lay audience without hiding entire detail about h...

    Due to Goodreads limits, this review is cropped. The full review can be found at http://bahanonu.com/syscarut/articles/204/. ======= This review will likely be updated as I mull over or re-read the book. [?] when we discover biological differences governing behavior, they may n...

    Willy Chertman 03/29/2018 "Who We Are and How We Got Here" is great book with some flaws. As a one-stop guide for catching up with the ancient DNA revolution, it is unequaled. It is also a refreshingly honest look into the life of a practicing prominent scientist in the age of la...

    Such fascinating science and research on ancient DNA. I also really loved all the research about the Iranian Nomad populations that are basically the tribe that took over Europe because those are my people (kind of because there was a lot of mixing). It was also stunning to see how ine...

    Traces the general history of humanity from its origins in Africa and the subsequent lineages that went to Europe, South Asia, East Asia, Australasia, The Americas and subsequent African lineages as they changed in the genetic record up to the present. Also covers the detective story b...

    The author, David Reich, is a eminent population geneticist whose work is shedding light on questions of archeology and history. This book is primarily about the origins and movements of the ancestors of persons today. When it sticks to that topic, the book is excellent, except for the...

    Incredibly detailed and fresh, but also repetitive and indiscriminate. Had to think quite hard looking at some of the many diagrams showing e.g. hundreds of thousands of years of almost-noise recombination. Archeology has been transformed in the last decade, by the ancient DNA hunt....

    4.5 in substance, 3 in actual writing clarity. This books gives an overview of the new methods of using ?ancient DNA? to learn about human history. There are really 3 parts to it - (1) an overview of the new methods (which are very new); (2) a revised history of the ancestry of...

    Having read earlier books on this topic by Svante Paabo, Spencer Wells and others I was anxious to read something current. I wasn't disappointed. This, as others have said, is an excellent summary of the state of genetic research using ancient DNA to determine how we all got to where w...

    This is primarily a book about cutting-edge advances in ancient DNA, but there are also some detours into highly controversial current-day population genetics and behavioral genetics issues. The ancient DNA stuff is fascinating, and made even cooler by the fact that Reich and his la...

    David Reich leads the DNA laboratory at Harvard University which has been at the forefront of the recent field of population genetics, pioneering many DNA extraction and mathematical analysis techniques to search for clues into the ancestry of various human populations worldwide. In th...

    This. Was. Excruciating. I finished this by relying on sheer stubbornness. The topic was of interest and I hoped (unreasonably, it seems) that it would improve as I read. It did not. I fell asleep repeatedly trying to read it. I was thrilled to finish. Why? This is a textbook-like ...

  • Nathan Albright
    Jun 10, 2018

    We geneticists may be the barbarians coming late to the study of the human past, but it is always a bad idea to ignore barbarians. We have access to a type of data that no one has had before, and we are wielding these data to address previously unapproachable questions about who ancien...

    This was a fantastic condensation of modern research on genomics and it's effect on our understanding of anthropology and history. Really, what is it with biologists that they are able to write these books understandable to a relatively lay audience without hiding entire detail about h...

    Due to Goodreads limits, this review is cropped. The full review can be found at http://bahanonu.com/syscarut/articles/204/. ======= This review will likely be updated as I mull over or re-read the book. [?] when we discover biological differences governing behavior, they may n...

    Willy Chertman 03/29/2018 "Who We Are and How We Got Here" is great book with some flaws. As a one-stop guide for catching up with the ancient DNA revolution, it is unequaled. It is also a refreshingly honest look into the life of a practicing prominent scientist in the age of la...

    Such fascinating science and research on ancient DNA. I also really loved all the research about the Iranian Nomad populations that are basically the tribe that took over Europe because those are my people (kind of because there was a lot of mixing). It was also stunning to see how ine...

    Traces the general history of humanity from its origins in Africa and the subsequent lineages that went to Europe, South Asia, East Asia, Australasia, The Americas and subsequent African lineages as they changed in the genetic record up to the present. Also covers the detective story b...

    The author, David Reich, is a eminent population geneticist whose work is shedding light on questions of archeology and history. This book is primarily about the origins and movements of the ancestors of persons today. When it sticks to that topic, the book is excellent, except for the...

    Incredibly detailed and fresh, but also repetitive and indiscriminate. Had to think quite hard looking at some of the many diagrams showing e.g. hundreds of thousands of years of almost-noise recombination. Archeology has been transformed in the last decade, by the ancient DNA hunt....

    4.5 in substance, 3 in actual writing clarity. This books gives an overview of the new methods of using ?ancient DNA? to learn about human history. There are really 3 parts to it - (1) an overview of the new methods (which are very new); (2) a revised history of the ancestry of...

    Having read earlier books on this topic by Svante Paabo, Spencer Wells and others I was anxious to read something current. I wasn't disappointed. This, as others have said, is an excellent summary of the state of genetic research using ancient DNA to determine how we all got to where w...

    This is primarily a book about cutting-edge advances in ancient DNA, but there are also some detours into highly controversial current-day population genetics and behavioral genetics issues. The ancient DNA stuff is fascinating, and made even cooler by the fact that Reich and his la...

    David Reich leads the DNA laboratory at Harvard University which has been at the forefront of the recent field of population genetics, pioneering many DNA extraction and mathematical analysis techniques to search for clues into the ancestry of various human populations worldwide. In th...

    This. Was. Excruciating. I finished this by relying on sheer stubbornness. The topic was of interest and I hoped (unreasonably, it seems) that it would improve as I read. It did not. I fell asleep repeatedly trying to read it. I was thrilled to finish. Why? This is a textbook-like ...

    Who We Are and How We Got Here is mostly about what DNA extracted from ancient skeletons can tell us about migration patterns from the distant past. A couple quick takeaways. .This is not my field, and the book is not exactly written for a popular audience, which isn't to say it's u...

    Image you feel asleep in 1998 and awoke 20 years later in 2018. Besides the changed political landscapes, you discover how information technology has transformed our lives, from how we interact with others via social media, to how we purchase goods via the internet, and how we created ...

    I don't know what I feel about this book just yet One early morning, first thing I read was an article in 'The Economist' about how a new research had proved the validity of Aryan Invasion Theory. Incidentally, this has been a topic which has interested me for quite a while. So, I r...

    One of the best books I've ever read. Reich explains how his research into ancient DNA has provided with new, unexpected evidence about how human populations have moved around the globe, interacted with each other, transmitting new ideas and genes in the process. He tries hard to avoid...

    If you found history class merely glancing over the thousands of years of human history before ancient empires... this book is for you. Learn about how recent advances in genetic analysis of ancient dna found in ancient bones is changing our view of mankind's development. Did they ...

    Human pre-history based on very recent genetic data. Highly informative, both about scientific processes of DNA-based models and about the history of how and when humans settled the planet. As exciting as it gets. ...

    This book is a great summary of up-to-date genetics research (...as far as I can tell), and the general thrust of it is worth learning about, but Part II, which comprises about half the book, isn't necessary for any but those looking to keep their knowledge of the field on the cutting ...

    It?s mostly the details of this book that are fascinating, but if there's one broad message to take away, it's that the modern era with its blending of divergent people and cultures is not at all unique in human history. We're all mutts, mixtures of groups more different from each ot...

    Fascinating book. ...

    Extremely well written! A very difficult task to take such a topic (genetics) and make it reasonably understandable to a lay audience. The ?genomic revolution? seems like a very exciting area and will be one worth following in the future! Looking forward to a followup book in a few...

    In "Who We Are and How We Got Here" David Reich, one of the world?s leading geneticists on ancient DNA, details how our view of human prehistory has changed with what he calls the "ancient DNA revolution? started by Svante Pääbo, a Swedish geneticist who developed many of the ini...

    This book wasn't exactly a walk in the park, I found myself re-reading some of the tricky scientific bits in a vain attempt to make them stick to my stubborn brain. Reich is clearly a geneticist first and a writer second (I think we would all be spitting feathers if it was vice versa.)...

    I can say a lot of research went into this book. ...

    "Who We Are and How We Got Here" presents a survey of the genetics of human origins, from the perspective of one of the leaders in the field. Reich outlines the science behind recent discoveries of ancient human lineages that have mixed throughout history to produce the human tapestry ...

    I hoped for something better. This book certainly offers some fascinating insights into our collective past, but in its sweeping overview of mankind's spread across the earth it didn't really ever tell a story. The author kept saying how studying ancient DNA is revolutionizing our unde...

    There have been many improvements in DNA sequencing over the last ten years but probably the most scientifically disruptive is full ancient DNA sequencing. Daniel Reich highlights how building full genomic representations from ancient DNA is impacting, supporting, countering anthropolo...

    Although I am by no means fond of the evolutionary worldview of the author, a worldview that is shared by a great many writers of human prehistory [1], there is a great deal to enjoy about this book if one views it as a search for mysterious but clearly human relatives.  When viewed i...

  • Mehrsa
    Jul 01, 2018

    We geneticists may be the barbarians coming late to the study of the human past, but it is always a bad idea to ignore barbarians. We have access to a type of data that no one has had before, and we are wielding these data to address previously unapproachable questions about who ancien...

    This was a fantastic condensation of modern research on genomics and it's effect on our understanding of anthropology and history. Really, what is it with biologists that they are able to write these books understandable to a relatively lay audience without hiding entire detail about h...

    Due to Goodreads limits, this review is cropped. The full review can be found at http://bahanonu.com/syscarut/articles/204/. ======= This review will likely be updated as I mull over or re-read the book. [?] when we discover biological differences governing behavior, they may n...

    Willy Chertman 03/29/2018 "Who We Are and How We Got Here" is great book with some flaws. As a one-stop guide for catching up with the ancient DNA revolution, it is unequaled. It is also a refreshingly honest look into the life of a practicing prominent scientist in the age of la...

    Such fascinating science and research on ancient DNA. I also really loved all the research about the Iranian Nomad populations that are basically the tribe that took over Europe because those are my people (kind of because there was a lot of mixing). It was also stunning to see how ine...

  • John
    May 22, 2018

    We geneticists may be the barbarians coming late to the study of the human past, but it is always a bad idea to ignore barbarians. We have access to a type of data that no one has had before, and we are wielding these data to address previously unapproachable questions about who ancien...

    This was a fantastic condensation of modern research on genomics and it's effect on our understanding of anthropology and history. Really, what is it with biologists that they are able to write these books understandable to a relatively lay audience without hiding entire detail about h...

    Due to Goodreads limits, this review is cropped. The full review can be found at http://bahanonu.com/syscarut/articles/204/. ======= This review will likely be updated as I mull over or re-read the book. [?] when we discover biological differences governing behavior, they may n...

    Willy Chertman 03/29/2018 "Who We Are and How We Got Here" is great book with some flaws. As a one-stop guide for catching up with the ancient DNA revolution, it is unequaled. It is also a refreshingly honest look into the life of a practicing prominent scientist in the age of la...

    Such fascinating science and research on ancient DNA. I also really loved all the research about the Iranian Nomad populations that are basically the tribe that took over Europe because those are my people (kind of because there was a lot of mixing). It was also stunning to see how ine...

    Traces the general history of humanity from its origins in Africa and the subsequent lineages that went to Europe, South Asia, East Asia, Australasia, The Americas and subsequent African lineages as they changed in the genetic record up to the present. Also covers the detective story b...

    The author, David Reich, is a eminent population geneticist whose work is shedding light on questions of archeology and history. This book is primarily about the origins and movements of the ancestors of persons today. When it sticks to that topic, the book is excellent, except for the...

    Incredibly detailed and fresh, but also repetitive and indiscriminate. Had to think quite hard looking at some of the many diagrams showing e.g. hundreds of thousands of years of almost-noise recombination. Archeology has been transformed in the last decade, by the ancient DNA hunt....

    4.5 in substance, 3 in actual writing clarity. This books gives an overview of the new methods of using ?ancient DNA? to learn about human history. There are really 3 parts to it - (1) an overview of the new methods (which are very new); (2) a revised history of the ancestry of...

  • Ryan
    Jun 14, 2018

    We geneticists may be the barbarians coming late to the study of the human past, but it is always a bad idea to ignore barbarians. We have access to a type of data that no one has had before, and we are wielding these data to address previously unapproachable questions about who ancien...

    This was a fantastic condensation of modern research on genomics and it's effect on our understanding of anthropology and history. Really, what is it with biologists that they are able to write these books understandable to a relatively lay audience without hiding entire detail about h...

    Due to Goodreads limits, this review is cropped. The full review can be found at http://bahanonu.com/syscarut/articles/204/. ======= This review will likely be updated as I mull over or re-read the book. [?] when we discover biological differences governing behavior, they may n...

    Willy Chertman 03/29/2018 "Who We Are and How We Got Here" is great book with some flaws. As a one-stop guide for catching up with the ancient DNA revolution, it is unequaled. It is also a refreshingly honest look into the life of a practicing prominent scientist in the age of la...

    Such fascinating science and research on ancient DNA. I also really loved all the research about the Iranian Nomad populations that are basically the tribe that took over Europe because those are my people (kind of because there was a lot of mixing). It was also stunning to see how ine...

    Traces the general history of humanity from its origins in Africa and the subsequent lineages that went to Europe, South Asia, East Asia, Australasia, The Americas and subsequent African lineages as they changed in the genetic record up to the present. Also covers the detective story b...

    The author, David Reich, is a eminent population geneticist whose work is shedding light on questions of archeology and history. This book is primarily about the origins and movements of the ancestors of persons today. When it sticks to that topic, the book is excellent, except for the...

    Incredibly detailed and fresh, but also repetitive and indiscriminate. Had to think quite hard looking at some of the many diagrams showing e.g. hundreds of thousands of years of almost-noise recombination. Archeology has been transformed in the last decade, by the ancient DNA hunt....

    4.5 in substance, 3 in actual writing clarity. This books gives an overview of the new methods of using ?ancient DNA? to learn about human history. There are really 3 parts to it - (1) an overview of the new methods (which are very new); (2) a revised history of the ancestry of...

    Having read earlier books on this topic by Svante Paabo, Spencer Wells and others I was anxious to read something current. I wasn't disappointed. This, as others have said, is an excellent summary of the state of genetic research using ancient DNA to determine how we all got to where w...

    This is primarily a book about cutting-edge advances in ancient DNA, but there are also some detours into highly controversial current-day population genetics and behavioral genetics issues. The ancient DNA stuff is fascinating, and made even cooler by the fact that Reich and his la...

    David Reich leads the DNA laboratory at Harvard University which has been at the forefront of the recent field of population genetics, pioneering many DNA extraction and mathematical analysis techniques to search for clues into the ancestry of various human populations worldwide. In th...

    This. Was. Excruciating. I finished this by relying on sheer stubbornness. The topic was of interest and I hoped (unreasonably, it seems) that it would improve as I read. It did not. I fell asleep repeatedly trying to read it. I was thrilled to finish. Why? This is a textbook-like ...

    Who We Are and How We Got Here is mostly about what DNA extracted from ancient skeletons can tell us about migration patterns from the distant past. A couple quick takeaways. .This is not my field, and the book is not exactly written for a popular audience, which isn't to say it's u...

  • Xenophon Hendrix
    Apr 05, 2018

    We geneticists may be the barbarians coming late to the study of the human past, but it is always a bad idea to ignore barbarians. We have access to a type of data that no one has had before, and we are wielding these data to address previously unapproachable questions about who ancien...

    This was a fantastic condensation of modern research on genomics and it's effect on our understanding of anthropology and history. Really, what is it with biologists that they are able to write these books understandable to a relatively lay audience without hiding entire detail about h...

    Due to Goodreads limits, this review is cropped. The full review can be found at http://bahanonu.com/syscarut/articles/204/. ======= This review will likely be updated as I mull over or re-read the book. [?] when we discover biological differences governing behavior, they may n...

    Willy Chertman 03/29/2018 "Who We Are and How We Got Here" is great book with some flaws. As a one-stop guide for catching up with the ancient DNA revolution, it is unequaled. It is also a refreshingly honest look into the life of a practicing prominent scientist in the age of la...

    Such fascinating science and research on ancient DNA. I also really loved all the research about the Iranian Nomad populations that are basically the tribe that took over Europe because those are my people (kind of because there was a lot of mixing). It was also stunning to see how ine...

    Traces the general history of humanity from its origins in Africa and the subsequent lineages that went to Europe, South Asia, East Asia, Australasia, The Americas and subsequent African lineages as they changed in the genetic record up to the present. Also covers the detective story b...

    The author, David Reich, is a eminent population geneticist whose work is shedding light on questions of archeology and history. This book is primarily about the origins and movements of the ancestors of persons today. When it sticks to that topic, the book is excellent, except for the...

  • Attica Musings
    Jul 03, 2018

    We geneticists may be the barbarians coming late to the study of the human past, but it is always a bad idea to ignore barbarians. We have access to a type of data that no one has had before, and we are wielding these data to address previously unapproachable questions about who ancien...

    This was a fantastic condensation of modern research on genomics and it's effect on our understanding of anthropology and history. Really, what is it with biologists that they are able to write these books understandable to a relatively lay audience without hiding entire detail about h...

    Due to Goodreads limits, this review is cropped. The full review can be found at http://bahanonu.com/syscarut/articles/204/. ======= This review will likely be updated as I mull over or re-read the book. [?] when we discover biological differences governing behavior, they may n...

    Willy Chertman 03/29/2018 "Who We Are and How We Got Here" is great book with some flaws. As a one-stop guide for catching up with the ancient DNA revolution, it is unequaled. It is also a refreshingly honest look into the life of a practicing prominent scientist in the age of la...

    Such fascinating science and research on ancient DNA. I also really loved all the research about the Iranian Nomad populations that are basically the tribe that took over Europe because those are my people (kind of because there was a lot of mixing). It was also stunning to see how ine...

    Traces the general history of humanity from its origins in Africa and the subsequent lineages that went to Europe, South Asia, East Asia, Australasia, The Americas and subsequent African lineages as they changed in the genetic record up to the present. Also covers the detective story b...

    The author, David Reich, is a eminent population geneticist whose work is shedding light on questions of archeology and history. This book is primarily about the origins and movements of the ancestors of persons today. When it sticks to that topic, the book is excellent, except for the...

    Incredibly detailed and fresh, but also repetitive and indiscriminate. Had to think quite hard looking at some of the many diagrams showing e.g. hundreds of thousands of years of almost-noise recombination. Archeology has been transformed in the last decade, by the ancient DNA hunt....

    4.5 in substance, 3 in actual writing clarity. This books gives an overview of the new methods of using ?ancient DNA? to learn about human history. There are really 3 parts to it - (1) an overview of the new methods (which are very new); (2) a revised history of the ancestry of...

    Having read earlier books on this topic by Svante Paabo, Spencer Wells and others I was anxious to read something current. I wasn't disappointed. This, as others have said, is an excellent summary of the state of genetic research using ancient DNA to determine how we all got to where w...

    This is primarily a book about cutting-edge advances in ancient DNA, but there are also some detours into highly controversial current-day population genetics and behavioral genetics issues. The ancient DNA stuff is fascinating, and made even cooler by the fact that Reich and his la...

    David Reich leads the DNA laboratory at Harvard University which has been at the forefront of the recent field of population genetics, pioneering many DNA extraction and mathematical analysis techniques to search for clues into the ancestry of various human populations worldwide. In th...

    This. Was. Excruciating. I finished this by relying on sheer stubbornness. The topic was of interest and I hoped (unreasonably, it seems) that it would improve as I read. It did not. I fell asleep repeatedly trying to read it. I was thrilled to finish. Why? This is a textbook-like ...

    Who We Are and How We Got Here is mostly about what DNA extracted from ancient skeletons can tell us about migration patterns from the distant past. A couple quick takeaways. .This is not my field, and the book is not exactly written for a popular audience, which isn't to say it's u...

    Image you feel asleep in 1998 and awoke 20 years later in 2018. Besides the changed political landscapes, you discover how information technology has transformed our lives, from how we interact with others via social media, to how we purchase goods via the internet, and how we created ...

    I don't know what I feel about this book just yet One early morning, first thing I read was an article in 'The Economist' about how a new research had proved the validity of Aryan Invasion Theory. Incidentally, this has been a topic which has interested me for quite a while. So, I r...

    One of the best books I've ever read. Reich explains how his research into ancient DNA has provided with new, unexpected evidence about how human populations have moved around the globe, interacted with each other, transmitting new ideas and genes in the process. He tries hard to avoid...

    If you found history class merely glancing over the thousands of years of human history before ancient empires... this book is for you. Learn about how recent advances in genetic analysis of ancient dna found in ancient bones is changing our view of mankind's development. Did they ...

  • Steve Van Slyke
    Apr 21, 2018

    We geneticists may be the barbarians coming late to the study of the human past, but it is always a bad idea to ignore barbarians. We have access to a type of data that no one has had before, and we are wielding these data to address previously unapproachable questions about who ancien...

    This was a fantastic condensation of modern research on genomics and it's effect on our understanding of anthropology and history. Really, what is it with biologists that they are able to write these books understandable to a relatively lay audience without hiding entire detail about h...

    Due to Goodreads limits, this review is cropped. The full review can be found at http://bahanonu.com/syscarut/articles/204/. ======= This review will likely be updated as I mull over or re-read the book. [?] when we discover biological differences governing behavior, they may n...

    Willy Chertman 03/29/2018 "Who We Are and How We Got Here" is great book with some flaws. As a one-stop guide for catching up with the ancient DNA revolution, it is unequaled. It is also a refreshingly honest look into the life of a practicing prominent scientist in the age of la...

    Such fascinating science and research on ancient DNA. I also really loved all the research about the Iranian Nomad populations that are basically the tribe that took over Europe because those are my people (kind of because there was a lot of mixing). It was also stunning to see how ine...

    Traces the general history of humanity from its origins in Africa and the subsequent lineages that went to Europe, South Asia, East Asia, Australasia, The Americas and subsequent African lineages as they changed in the genetic record up to the present. Also covers the detective story b...

    The author, David Reich, is a eminent population geneticist whose work is shedding light on questions of archeology and history. This book is primarily about the origins and movements of the ancestors of persons today. When it sticks to that topic, the book is excellent, except for the...

    Incredibly detailed and fresh, but also repetitive and indiscriminate. Had to think quite hard looking at some of the many diagrams showing e.g. hundreds of thousands of years of almost-noise recombination. Archeology has been transformed in the last decade, by the ancient DNA hunt....

    4.5 in substance, 3 in actual writing clarity. This books gives an overview of the new methods of using ?ancient DNA? to learn about human history. There are really 3 parts to it - (1) an overview of the new methods (which are very new); (2) a revised history of the ancestry of...

    Having read earlier books on this topic by Svante Paabo, Spencer Wells and others I was anxious to read something current. I wasn't disappointed. This, as others have said, is an excellent summary of the state of genetic research using ancient DNA to determine how we all got to where w...

  • Betty
    Mar 19, 2018

    We geneticists may be the barbarians coming late to the study of the human past, but it is always a bad idea to ignore barbarians. We have access to a type of data that no one has had before, and we are wielding these data to address previously unapproachable questions about who ancien...

    This was a fantastic condensation of modern research on genomics and it's effect on our understanding of anthropology and history. Really, what is it with biologists that they are able to write these books understandable to a relatively lay audience without hiding entire detail about h...

    Due to Goodreads limits, this review is cropped. The full review can be found at http://bahanonu.com/syscarut/articles/204/. ======= This review will likely be updated as I mull over or re-read the book. [?] when we discover biological differences governing behavior, they may n...

    Willy Chertman 03/29/2018 "Who We Are and How We Got Here" is great book with some flaws. As a one-stop guide for catching up with the ancient DNA revolution, it is unequaled. It is also a refreshingly honest look into the life of a practicing prominent scientist in the age of la...

    Such fascinating science and research on ancient DNA. I also really loved all the research about the Iranian Nomad populations that are basically the tribe that took over Europe because those are my people (kind of because there was a lot of mixing). It was also stunning to see how ine...

    Traces the general history of humanity from its origins in Africa and the subsequent lineages that went to Europe, South Asia, East Asia, Australasia, The Americas and subsequent African lineages as they changed in the genetic record up to the present. Also covers the detective story b...

    The author, David Reich, is a eminent population geneticist whose work is shedding light on questions of archeology and history. This book is primarily about the origins and movements of the ancestors of persons today. When it sticks to that topic, the book is excellent, except for the...

    Incredibly detailed and fresh, but also repetitive and indiscriminate. Had to think quite hard looking at some of the many diagrams showing e.g. hundreds of thousands of years of almost-noise recombination. Archeology has been transformed in the last decade, by the ancient DNA hunt....

    4.5 in substance, 3 in actual writing clarity. This books gives an overview of the new methods of using ?ancient DNA? to learn about human history. There are really 3 parts to it - (1) an overview of the new methods (which are very new); (2) a revised history of the ancestry of...

    Having read earlier books on this topic by Svante Paabo, Spencer Wells and others I was anxious to read something current. I wasn't disappointed. This, as others have said, is an excellent summary of the state of genetic research using ancient DNA to determine how we all got to where w...

    This is primarily a book about cutting-edge advances in ancient DNA, but there are also some detours into highly controversial current-day population genetics and behavioral genetics issues. The ancient DNA stuff is fascinating, and made even cooler by the fact that Reich and his la...

    David Reich leads the DNA laboratory at Harvard University which has been at the forefront of the recent field of population genetics, pioneering many DNA extraction and mathematical analysis techniques to search for clues into the ancestry of various human populations worldwide. In th...

    This. Was. Excruciating. I finished this by relying on sheer stubbornness. The topic was of interest and I hoped (unreasonably, it seems) that it would improve as I read. It did not. I fell asleep repeatedly trying to read it. I was thrilled to finish. Why? This is a textbook-like ...

    Who We Are and How We Got Here is mostly about what DNA extracted from ancient skeletons can tell us about migration patterns from the distant past. A couple quick takeaways. .This is not my field, and the book is not exactly written for a popular audience, which isn't to say it's u...

    Image you feel asleep in 1998 and awoke 20 years later in 2018. Besides the changed political landscapes, you discover how information technology has transformed our lives, from how we interact with others via social media, to how we purchase goods via the internet, and how we created ...

    I don't know what I feel about this book just yet One early morning, first thing I read was an article in 'The Economist' about how a new research had proved the validity of Aryan Invasion Theory. Incidentally, this has been a topic which has interested me for quite a while. So, I r...

    One of the best books I've ever read. Reich explains how his research into ancient DNA has provided with new, unexpected evidence about how human populations have moved around the globe, interacted with each other, transmitting new ideas and genes in the process. He tries hard to avoid...

    If you found history class merely glancing over the thousands of years of human history before ancient empires... this book is for you. Learn about how recent advances in genetic analysis of ancient dna found in ancient bones is changing our view of mankind's development. Did they ...

    Human pre-history based on very recent genetic data. Highly informative, both about scientific processes of DNA-based models and about the history of how and when humans settled the planet. As exciting as it gets. ...

    This book is a great summary of up-to-date genetics research (...as far as I can tell), and the general thrust of it is worth learning about, but Part II, which comprises about half the book, isn't necessary for any but those looking to keep their knowledge of the field on the cutting ...

    It?s mostly the details of this book that are fascinating, but if there's one broad message to take away, it's that the modern era with its blending of divergent people and cultures is not at all unique in human history. We're all mutts, mixtures of groups more different from each ot...

    Fascinating book. ...

    Extremely well written! A very difficult task to take such a topic (genetics) and make it reasonably understandable to a lay audience. The ?genomic revolution? seems like a very exciting area and will be one worth following in the future! Looking forward to a followup book in a few...

    In "Who We Are and How We Got Here" David Reich, one of the world?s leading geneticists on ancient DNA, details how our view of human prehistory has changed with what he calls the "ancient DNA revolution? started by Svante Pääbo, a Swedish geneticist who developed many of the ini...

    This book wasn't exactly a walk in the park, I found myself re-reading some of the tricky scientific bits in a vain attempt to make them stick to my stubborn brain. Reich is clearly a geneticist first and a writer second (I think we would all be spitting feathers if it was vice versa.)...

    I can say a lot of research went into this book. ...

  • Paul Vogelzang
    Apr 09, 2018

    We geneticists may be the barbarians coming late to the study of the human past, but it is always a bad idea to ignore barbarians. We have access to a type of data that no one has had before, and we are wielding these data to address previously unapproachable questions about who ancien...

    This was a fantastic condensation of modern research on genomics and it's effect on our understanding of anthropology and history. Really, what is it with biologists that they are able to write these books understandable to a relatively lay audience without hiding entire detail about h...

    Due to Goodreads limits, this review is cropped. The full review can be found at http://bahanonu.com/syscarut/articles/204/. ======= This review will likely be updated as I mull over or re-read the book. [?] when we discover biological differences governing behavior, they may n...

    Willy Chertman 03/29/2018 "Who We Are and How We Got Here" is great book with some flaws. As a one-stop guide for catching up with the ancient DNA revolution, it is unequaled. It is also a refreshingly honest look into the life of a practicing prominent scientist in the age of la...

    Such fascinating science and research on ancient DNA. I also really loved all the research about the Iranian Nomad populations that are basically the tribe that took over Europe because those are my people (kind of because there was a lot of mixing). It was also stunning to see how ine...

    Traces the general history of humanity from its origins in Africa and the subsequent lineages that went to Europe, South Asia, East Asia, Australasia, The Americas and subsequent African lineages as they changed in the genetic record up to the present. Also covers the detective story b...

    The author, David Reich, is a eminent population geneticist whose work is shedding light on questions of archeology and history. This book is primarily about the origins and movements of the ancestors of persons today. When it sticks to that topic, the book is excellent, except for the...

    Incredibly detailed and fresh, but also repetitive and indiscriminate. Had to think quite hard looking at some of the many diagrams showing e.g. hundreds of thousands of years of almost-noise recombination. Archeology has been transformed in the last decade, by the ancient DNA hunt....

    4.5 in substance, 3 in actual writing clarity. This books gives an overview of the new methods of using ?ancient DNA? to learn about human history. There are really 3 parts to it - (1) an overview of the new methods (which are very new); (2) a revised history of the ancestry of...

    Having read earlier books on this topic by Svante Paabo, Spencer Wells and others I was anxious to read something current. I wasn't disappointed. This, as others have said, is an excellent summary of the state of genetic research using ancient DNA to determine how we all got to where w...

    This is primarily a book about cutting-edge advances in ancient DNA, but there are also some detours into highly controversial current-day population genetics and behavioral genetics issues. The ancient DNA stuff is fascinating, and made even cooler by the fact that Reich and his la...

    David Reich leads the DNA laboratory at Harvard University which has been at the forefront of the recent field of population genetics, pioneering many DNA extraction and mathematical analysis techniques to search for clues into the ancestry of various human populations worldwide. In th...

    This. Was. Excruciating. I finished this by relying on sheer stubbornness. The topic was of interest and I hoped (unreasonably, it seems) that it would improve as I read. It did not. I fell asleep repeatedly trying to read it. I was thrilled to finish. Why? This is a textbook-like ...

    Who We Are and How We Got Here is mostly about what DNA extracted from ancient skeletons can tell us about migration patterns from the distant past. A couple quick takeaways. .This is not my field, and the book is not exactly written for a popular audience, which isn't to say it's u...

    Image you feel asleep in 1998 and awoke 20 years later in 2018. Besides the changed political landscapes, you discover how information technology has transformed our lives, from how we interact with others via social media, to how we purchase goods via the internet, and how we created ...

    I don't know what I feel about this book just yet One early morning, first thing I read was an article in 'The Economist' about how a new research had proved the validity of Aryan Invasion Theory. Incidentally, this has been a topic which has interested me for quite a while. So, I r...

    One of the best books I've ever read. Reich explains how his research into ancient DNA has provided with new, unexpected evidence about how human populations have moved around the globe, interacted with each other, transmitting new ideas and genes in the process. He tries hard to avoid...

    If you found history class merely glancing over the thousands of years of human history before ancient empires... this book is for you. Learn about how recent advances in genetic analysis of ancient dna found in ancient bones is changing our view of mankind's development. Did they ...

    Human pre-history based on very recent genetic data. Highly informative, both about scientific processes of DNA-based models and about the history of how and when humans settled the planet. As exciting as it gets. ...

    This book is a great summary of up-to-date genetics research (...as far as I can tell), and the general thrust of it is worth learning about, but Part II, which comprises about half the book, isn't necessary for any but those looking to keep their knowledge of the field on the cutting ...

    It?s mostly the details of this book that are fascinating, but if there's one broad message to take away, it's that the modern era with its blending of divergent people and cultures is not at all unique in human history. We're all mutts, mixtures of groups more different from each ot...

    Fascinating book. ...

  • Thore Husfeldt
    Apr 19, 2018

    We geneticists may be the barbarians coming late to the study of the human past, but it is always a bad idea to ignore barbarians. We have access to a type of data that no one has had before, and we are wielding these data to address previously unapproachable questions about who ancien...

    This was a fantastic condensation of modern research on genomics and it's effect on our understanding of anthropology and history. Really, what is it with biologists that they are able to write these books understandable to a relatively lay audience without hiding entire detail about h...

    Due to Goodreads limits, this review is cropped. The full review can be found at http://bahanonu.com/syscarut/articles/204/. ======= This review will likely be updated as I mull over or re-read the book. [?] when we discover biological differences governing behavior, they may n...

    Willy Chertman 03/29/2018 "Who We Are and How We Got Here" is great book with some flaws. As a one-stop guide for catching up with the ancient DNA revolution, it is unequaled. It is also a refreshingly honest look into the life of a practicing prominent scientist in the age of la...

    Such fascinating science and research on ancient DNA. I also really loved all the research about the Iranian Nomad populations that are basically the tribe that took over Europe because those are my people (kind of because there was a lot of mixing). It was also stunning to see how ine...

    Traces the general history of humanity from its origins in Africa and the subsequent lineages that went to Europe, South Asia, East Asia, Australasia, The Americas and subsequent African lineages as they changed in the genetic record up to the present. Also covers the detective story b...

    The author, David Reich, is a eminent population geneticist whose work is shedding light on questions of archeology and history. This book is primarily about the origins and movements of the ancestors of persons today. When it sticks to that topic, the book is excellent, except for the...

    Incredibly detailed and fresh, but also repetitive and indiscriminate. Had to think quite hard looking at some of the many diagrams showing e.g. hundreds of thousands of years of almost-noise recombination. Archeology has been transformed in the last decade, by the ancient DNA hunt....

    4.5 in substance, 3 in actual writing clarity. This books gives an overview of the new methods of using ?ancient DNA? to learn about human history. There are really 3 parts to it - (1) an overview of the new methods (which are very new); (2) a revised history of the ancestry of...

    Having read earlier books on this topic by Svante Paabo, Spencer Wells and others I was anxious to read something current. I wasn't disappointed. This, as others have said, is an excellent summary of the state of genetic research using ancient DNA to determine how we all got to where w...

    This is primarily a book about cutting-edge advances in ancient DNA, but there are also some detours into highly controversial current-day population genetics and behavioral genetics issues. The ancient DNA stuff is fascinating, and made even cooler by the fact that Reich and his la...

    David Reich leads the DNA laboratory at Harvard University which has been at the forefront of the recent field of population genetics, pioneering many DNA extraction and mathematical analysis techniques to search for clues into the ancestry of various human populations worldwide. In th...

    This. Was. Excruciating. I finished this by relying on sheer stubbornness. The topic was of interest and I hoped (unreasonably, it seems) that it would improve as I read. It did not. I fell asleep repeatedly trying to read it. I was thrilled to finish. Why? This is a textbook-like ...

    Who We Are and How We Got Here is mostly about what DNA extracted from ancient skeletons can tell us about migration patterns from the distant past. A couple quick takeaways. .This is not my field, and the book is not exactly written for a popular audience, which isn't to say it's u...

    Image you feel asleep in 1998 and awoke 20 years later in 2018. Besides the changed political landscapes, you discover how information technology has transformed our lives, from how we interact with others via social media, to how we purchase goods via the internet, and how we created ...

    I don't know what I feel about this book just yet One early morning, first thing I read was an article in 'The Economist' about how a new research had proved the validity of Aryan Invasion Theory. Incidentally, this has been a topic which has interested me for quite a while. So, I r...

    One of the best books I've ever read. Reich explains how his research into ancient DNA has provided with new, unexpected evidence about how human populations have moved around the globe, interacted with each other, transmitting new ideas and genes in the process. He tries hard to avoid...

    If you found history class merely glancing over the thousands of years of human history before ancient empires... this book is for you. Learn about how recent advances in genetic analysis of ancient dna found in ancient bones is changing our view of mankind's development. Did they ...

    Human pre-history based on very recent genetic data. Highly informative, both about scientific processes of DNA-based models and about the history of how and when humans settled the planet. As exciting as it gets. ...

  • Ryan Moulton
    May 01, 2018

    We geneticists may be the barbarians coming late to the study of the human past, but it is always a bad idea to ignore barbarians. We have access to a type of data that no one has had before, and we are wielding these data to address previously unapproachable questions about who ancien...

    This was a fantastic condensation of modern research on genomics and it's effect on our understanding of anthropology and history. Really, what is it with biologists that they are able to write these books understandable to a relatively lay audience without hiding entire detail about h...

    Due to Goodreads limits, this review is cropped. The full review can be found at http://bahanonu.com/syscarut/articles/204/. ======= This review will likely be updated as I mull over or re-read the book. [?] when we discover biological differences governing behavior, they may n...

    Willy Chertman 03/29/2018 "Who We Are and How We Got Here" is great book with some flaws. As a one-stop guide for catching up with the ancient DNA revolution, it is unequaled. It is also a refreshingly honest look into the life of a practicing prominent scientist in the age of la...

    Such fascinating science and research on ancient DNA. I also really loved all the research about the Iranian Nomad populations that are basically the tribe that took over Europe because those are my people (kind of because there was a lot of mixing). It was also stunning to see how ine...

    Traces the general history of humanity from its origins in Africa and the subsequent lineages that went to Europe, South Asia, East Asia, Australasia, The Americas and subsequent African lineages as they changed in the genetic record up to the present. Also covers the detective story b...

    The author, David Reich, is a eminent population geneticist whose work is shedding light on questions of archeology and history. This book is primarily about the origins and movements of the ancestors of persons today. When it sticks to that topic, the book is excellent, except for the...

    Incredibly detailed and fresh, but also repetitive and indiscriminate. Had to think quite hard looking at some of the many diagrams showing e.g. hundreds of thousands of years of almost-noise recombination. Archeology has been transformed in the last decade, by the ancient DNA hunt....

    4.5 in substance, 3 in actual writing clarity. This books gives an overview of the new methods of using ?ancient DNA? to learn about human history. There are really 3 parts to it - (1) an overview of the new methods (which are very new); (2) a revised history of the ancestry of...

    Having read earlier books on this topic by Svante Paabo, Spencer Wells and others I was anxious to read something current. I wasn't disappointed. This, as others have said, is an excellent summary of the state of genetic research using ancient DNA to determine how we all got to where w...

    This is primarily a book about cutting-edge advances in ancient DNA, but there are also some detours into highly controversial current-day population genetics and behavioral genetics issues. The ancient DNA stuff is fascinating, and made even cooler by the fact that Reich and his la...

    David Reich leads the DNA laboratory at Harvard University which has been at the forefront of the recent field of population genetics, pioneering many DNA extraction and mathematical analysis techniques to search for clues into the ancestry of various human populations worldwide. In th...

    This. Was. Excruciating. I finished this by relying on sheer stubbornness. The topic was of interest and I hoped (unreasonably, it seems) that it would improve as I read. It did not. I fell asleep repeatedly trying to read it. I was thrilled to finish. Why? This is a textbook-like ...

    Who We Are and How We Got Here is mostly about what DNA extracted from ancient skeletons can tell us about migration patterns from the distant past. A couple quick takeaways. .This is not my field, and the book is not exactly written for a popular audience, which isn't to say it's u...

    Image you feel asleep in 1998 and awoke 20 years later in 2018. Besides the changed political landscapes, you discover how information technology has transformed our lives, from how we interact with others via social media, to how we purchase goods via the internet, and how we created ...

    I don't know what I feel about this book just yet One early morning, first thing I read was an article in 'The Economist' about how a new research had proved the validity of Aryan Invasion Theory. Incidentally, this has been a topic which has interested me for quite a while. So, I r...

    One of the best books I've ever read. Reich explains how his research into ancient DNA has provided with new, unexpected evidence about how human populations have moved around the globe, interacted with each other, transmitting new ideas and genes in the process. He tries hard to avoid...

    If you found history class merely glancing over the thousands of years of human history before ancient empires... this book is for you. Learn about how recent advances in genetic analysis of ancient dna found in ancient bones is changing our view of mankind's development. Did they ...

    Human pre-history based on very recent genetic data. Highly informative, both about scientific processes of DNA-based models and about the history of how and when humans settled the planet. As exciting as it gets. ...

    This book is a great summary of up-to-date genetics research (...as far as I can tell), and the general thrust of it is worth learning about, but Part II, which comprises about half the book, isn't necessary for any but those looking to keep their knowledge of the field on the cutting ...

    It?s mostly the details of this book that are fascinating, but if there's one broad message to take away, it's that the modern era with its blending of divergent people and cultures is not at all unique in human history. We're all mutts, mixtures of groups more different from each ot...

  • Jayesh
    Apr 14, 2018

    We geneticists may be the barbarians coming late to the study of the human past, but it is always a bad idea to ignore barbarians. We have access to a type of data that no one has had before, and we are wielding these data to address previously unapproachable questions about who ancien...

    This was a fantastic condensation of modern research on genomics and it's effect on our understanding of anthropology and history. Really, what is it with biologists that they are able to write these books understandable to a relatively lay audience without hiding entire detail about h...

  • Alison
    May 28, 2018

    We geneticists may be the barbarians coming late to the study of the human past, but it is always a bad idea to ignore barbarians. We have access to a type of data that no one has had before, and we are wielding these data to address previously unapproachable questions about who ancien...

  • Claudia Majetich
    Jun 08, 2018

    We geneticists may be the barbarians coming late to the study of the human past, but it is always a bad idea to ignore barbarians. We have access to a type of data that no one has had before, and we are wielding these data to address previously unapproachable questions about who ancien...

    This was a fantastic condensation of modern research on genomics and it's effect on our understanding of anthropology and history. Really, what is it with biologists that they are able to write these books understandable to a relatively lay audience without hiding entire detail about h...

    Due to Goodreads limits, this review is cropped. The full review can be found at http://bahanonu.com/syscarut/articles/204/. ======= This review will likely be updated as I mull over or re-read the book. [?] when we discover biological differences governing behavior, they may n...

    Willy Chertman 03/29/2018 "Who We Are and How We Got Here" is great book with some flaws. As a one-stop guide for catching up with the ancient DNA revolution, it is unequaled. It is also a refreshingly honest look into the life of a practicing prominent scientist in the age of la...

    Such fascinating science and research on ancient DNA. I also really loved all the research about the Iranian Nomad populations that are basically the tribe that took over Europe because those are my people (kind of because there was a lot of mixing). It was also stunning to see how ine...

    Traces the general history of humanity from its origins in Africa and the subsequent lineages that went to Europe, South Asia, East Asia, Australasia, The Americas and subsequent African lineages as they changed in the genetic record up to the present. Also covers the detective story b...

    The author, David Reich, is a eminent population geneticist whose work is shedding light on questions of archeology and history. This book is primarily about the origins and movements of the ancestors of persons today. When it sticks to that topic, the book is excellent, except for the...

    Incredibly detailed and fresh, but also repetitive and indiscriminate. Had to think quite hard looking at some of the many diagrams showing e.g. hundreds of thousands of years of almost-noise recombination. Archeology has been transformed in the last decade, by the ancient DNA hunt....

    4.5 in substance, 3 in actual writing clarity. This books gives an overview of the new methods of using ?ancient DNA? to learn about human history. There are really 3 parts to it - (1) an overview of the new methods (which are very new); (2) a revised history of the ancestry of...

    Having read earlier books on this topic by Svante Paabo, Spencer Wells and others I was anxious to read something current. I wasn't disappointed. This, as others have said, is an excellent summary of the state of genetic research using ancient DNA to determine how we all got to where w...

    This is primarily a book about cutting-edge advances in ancient DNA, but there are also some detours into highly controversial current-day population genetics and behavioral genetics issues. The ancient DNA stuff is fascinating, and made even cooler by the fact that Reich and his la...

    David Reich leads the DNA laboratory at Harvard University which has been at the forefront of the recent field of population genetics, pioneering many DNA extraction and mathematical analysis techniques to search for clues into the ancestry of various human populations worldwide. In th...

    This. Was. Excruciating. I finished this by relying on sheer stubbornness. The topic was of interest and I hoped (unreasonably, it seems) that it would improve as I read. It did not. I fell asleep repeatedly trying to read it. I was thrilled to finish. Why? This is a textbook-like ...

    Who We Are and How We Got Here is mostly about what DNA extracted from ancient skeletons can tell us about migration patterns from the distant past. A couple quick takeaways. .This is not my field, and the book is not exactly written for a popular audience, which isn't to say it's u...

    Image you feel asleep in 1998 and awoke 20 years later in 2018. Besides the changed political landscapes, you discover how information technology has transformed our lives, from how we interact with others via social media, to how we purchase goods via the internet, and how we created ...

    I don't know what I feel about this book just yet One early morning, first thing I read was an article in 'The Economist' about how a new research had proved the validity of Aryan Invasion Theory. Incidentally, this has been a topic which has interested me for quite a while. So, I r...

    One of the best books I've ever read. Reich explains how his research into ancient DNA has provided with new, unexpected evidence about how human populations have moved around the globe, interacted with each other, transmitting new ideas and genes in the process. He tries hard to avoid...

  • Rāhul
    May 23, 2018

    We geneticists may be the barbarians coming late to the study of the human past, but it is always a bad idea to ignore barbarians. We have access to a type of data that no one has had before, and we are wielding these data to address previously unapproachable questions about who ancien...

    This was a fantastic condensation of modern research on genomics and it's effect on our understanding of anthropology and history. Really, what is it with biologists that they are able to write these books understandable to a relatively lay audience without hiding entire detail about h...

    Due to Goodreads limits, this review is cropped. The full review can be found at http://bahanonu.com/syscarut/articles/204/. ======= This review will likely be updated as I mull over or re-read the book. [?] when we discover biological differences governing behavior, they may n...

    Willy Chertman 03/29/2018 "Who We Are and How We Got Here" is great book with some flaws. As a one-stop guide for catching up with the ancient DNA revolution, it is unequaled. It is also a refreshingly honest look into the life of a practicing prominent scientist in the age of la...

    Such fascinating science and research on ancient DNA. I also really loved all the research about the Iranian Nomad populations that are basically the tribe that took over Europe because those are my people (kind of because there was a lot of mixing). It was also stunning to see how ine...

    Traces the general history of humanity from its origins in Africa and the subsequent lineages that went to Europe, South Asia, East Asia, Australasia, The Americas and subsequent African lineages as they changed in the genetic record up to the present. Also covers the detective story b...

    The author, David Reich, is a eminent population geneticist whose work is shedding light on questions of archeology and history. This book is primarily about the origins and movements of the ancestors of persons today. When it sticks to that topic, the book is excellent, except for the...

    Incredibly detailed and fresh, but also repetitive and indiscriminate. Had to think quite hard looking at some of the many diagrams showing e.g. hundreds of thousands of years of almost-noise recombination. Archeology has been transformed in the last decade, by the ancient DNA hunt....

    4.5 in substance, 3 in actual writing clarity. This books gives an overview of the new methods of using ?ancient DNA? to learn about human history. There are really 3 parts to it - (1) an overview of the new methods (which are very new); (2) a revised history of the ancestry of...

    Having read earlier books on this topic by Svante Paabo, Spencer Wells and others I was anxious to read something current. I wasn't disappointed. This, as others have said, is an excellent summary of the state of genetic research using ancient DNA to determine how we all got to where w...

    This is primarily a book about cutting-edge advances in ancient DNA, but there are also some detours into highly controversial current-day population genetics and behavioral genetics issues. The ancient DNA stuff is fascinating, and made even cooler by the fact that Reich and his la...

    David Reich leads the DNA laboratory at Harvard University which has been at the forefront of the recent field of population genetics, pioneering many DNA extraction and mathematical analysis techniques to search for clues into the ancestry of various human populations worldwide. In th...

  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Apr 21, 2018

    We geneticists may be the barbarians coming late to the study of the human past, but it is always a bad idea to ignore barbarians. We have access to a type of data that no one has had before, and we are wielding these data to address previously unapproachable questions about who ancien...

    This was a fantastic condensation of modern research on genomics and it's effect on our understanding of anthropology and history. Really, what is it with biologists that they are able to write these books understandable to a relatively lay audience without hiding entire detail about h...

    Due to Goodreads limits, this review is cropped. The full review can be found at http://bahanonu.com/syscarut/articles/204/. ======= This review will likely be updated as I mull over or re-read the book. [?] when we discover biological differences governing behavior, they may n...

    Willy Chertman 03/29/2018 "Who We Are and How We Got Here" is great book with some flaws. As a one-stop guide for catching up with the ancient DNA revolution, it is unequaled. It is also a refreshingly honest look into the life of a practicing prominent scientist in the age of la...

    Such fascinating science and research on ancient DNA. I also really loved all the research about the Iranian Nomad populations that are basically the tribe that took over Europe because those are my people (kind of because there was a lot of mixing). It was also stunning to see how ine...

    Traces the general history of humanity from its origins in Africa and the subsequent lineages that went to Europe, South Asia, East Asia, Australasia, The Americas and subsequent African lineages as they changed in the genetic record up to the present. Also covers the detective story b...

  • Peter A
    May 17, 2018

    We geneticists may be the barbarians coming late to the study of the human past, but it is always a bad idea to ignore barbarians. We have access to a type of data that no one has had before, and we are wielding these data to address previously unapproachable questions about who ancien...

    This was a fantastic condensation of modern research on genomics and it's effect on our understanding of anthropology and history. Really, what is it with biologists that they are able to write these books understandable to a relatively lay audience without hiding entire detail about h...

    Due to Goodreads limits, this review is cropped. The full review can be found at http://bahanonu.com/syscarut/articles/204/. ======= This review will likely be updated as I mull over or re-read the book. [?] when we discover biological differences governing behavior, they may n...

    Willy Chertman 03/29/2018 "Who We Are and How We Got Here" is great book with some flaws. As a one-stop guide for catching up with the ancient DNA revolution, it is unequaled. It is also a refreshingly honest look into the life of a practicing prominent scientist in the age of la...

    Such fascinating science and research on ancient DNA. I also really loved all the research about the Iranian Nomad populations that are basically the tribe that took over Europe because those are my people (kind of because there was a lot of mixing). It was also stunning to see how ine...

    Traces the general history of humanity from its origins in Africa and the subsequent lineages that went to Europe, South Asia, East Asia, Australasia, The Americas and subsequent African lineages as they changed in the genetic record up to the present. Also covers the detective story b...

    The author, David Reich, is a eminent population geneticist whose work is shedding light on questions of archeology and history. This book is primarily about the origins and movements of the ancestors of persons today. When it sticks to that topic, the book is excellent, except for the...

    Incredibly detailed and fresh, but also repetitive and indiscriminate. Had to think quite hard looking at some of the many diagrams showing e.g. hundreds of thousands of years of almost-noise recombination. Archeology has been transformed in the last decade, by the ancient DNA hunt....

    4.5 in substance, 3 in actual writing clarity. This books gives an overview of the new methods of using ?ancient DNA? to learn about human history. There are really 3 parts to it - (1) an overview of the new methods (which are very new); (2) a revised history of the ancestry of...

    Having read earlier books on this topic by Svante Paabo, Spencer Wells and others I was anxious to read something current. I wasn't disappointed. This, as others have said, is an excellent summary of the state of genetic research using ancient DNA to determine how we all got to where w...

    This is primarily a book about cutting-edge advances in ancient DNA, but there are also some detours into highly controversial current-day population genetics and behavioral genetics issues. The ancient DNA stuff is fascinating, and made even cooler by the fact that Reich and his la...

    David Reich leads the DNA laboratory at Harvard University which has been at the forefront of the recent field of population genetics, pioneering many DNA extraction and mathematical analysis techniques to search for clues into the ancestry of various human populations worldwide. In th...

    This. Was. Excruciating. I finished this by relying on sheer stubbornness. The topic was of interest and I hoped (unreasonably, it seems) that it would improve as I read. It did not. I fell asleep repeatedly trying to read it. I was thrilled to finish. Why? This is a textbook-like ...

    Who We Are and How We Got Here is mostly about what DNA extracted from ancient skeletons can tell us about migration patterns from the distant past. A couple quick takeaways. .This is not my field, and the book is not exactly written for a popular audience, which isn't to say it's u...

    Image you feel asleep in 1998 and awoke 20 years later in 2018. Besides the changed political landscapes, you discover how information technology has transformed our lives, from how we interact with others via social media, to how we purchase goods via the internet, and how we created ...

  • Willy C
    Mar 31, 2018

    We geneticists may be the barbarians coming late to the study of the human past, but it is always a bad idea to ignore barbarians. We have access to a type of data that no one has had before, and we are wielding these data to address previously unapproachable questions about who ancien...

    This was a fantastic condensation of modern research on genomics and it's effect on our understanding of anthropology and history. Really, what is it with biologists that they are able to write these books understandable to a relatively lay audience without hiding entire detail about h...

    Due to Goodreads limits, this review is cropped. The full review can be found at http://bahanonu.com/syscarut/articles/204/. ======= This review will likely be updated as I mull over or re-read the book. [?] when we discover biological differences governing behavior, they may n...

    Willy Chertman 03/29/2018 "Who We Are and How We Got Here" is great book with some flaws. As a one-stop guide for catching up with the ancient DNA revolution, it is unequaled. It is also a refreshingly honest look into the life of a practicing prominent scientist in the age of la...

  • Biafra
    Mar 30, 2018

    We geneticists may be the barbarians coming late to the study of the human past, but it is always a bad idea to ignore barbarians. We have access to a type of data that no one has had before, and we are wielding these data to address previously unapproachable questions about who ancien...

    This was a fantastic condensation of modern research on genomics and it's effect on our understanding of anthropology and history. Really, what is it with biologists that they are able to write these books understandable to a relatively lay audience without hiding entire detail about h...

    Due to Goodreads limits, this review is cropped. The full review can be found at http://bahanonu.com/syscarut/articles/204/. ======= This review will likely be updated as I mull over or re-read the book. [?] when we discover biological differences governing behavior, they may n...

  • James Andrew
    Jun 28, 2018

    We geneticists may be the barbarians coming late to the study of the human past, but it is always a bad idea to ignore barbarians. We have access to a type of data that no one has had before, and we are wielding these data to address previously unapproachable questions about who ancien...

    This was a fantastic condensation of modern research on genomics and it's effect on our understanding of anthropology and history. Really, what is it with biologists that they are able to write these books understandable to a relatively lay audience without hiding entire detail about h...

    Due to Goodreads limits, this review is cropped. The full review can be found at http://bahanonu.com/syscarut/articles/204/. ======= This review will likely be updated as I mull over or re-read the book. [?] when we discover biological differences governing behavior, they may n...

    Willy Chertman 03/29/2018 "Who We Are and How We Got Here" is great book with some flaws. As a one-stop guide for catching up with the ancient DNA revolution, it is unequaled. It is also a refreshingly honest look into the life of a practicing prominent scientist in the age of la...

    Such fascinating science and research on ancient DNA. I also really loved all the research about the Iranian Nomad populations that are basically the tribe that took over Europe because those are my people (kind of because there was a lot of mixing). It was also stunning to see how ine...

    Traces the general history of humanity from its origins in Africa and the subsequent lineages that went to Europe, South Asia, East Asia, Australasia, The Americas and subsequent African lineages as they changed in the genetic record up to the present. Also covers the detective story b...

    The author, David Reich, is a eminent population geneticist whose work is shedding light on questions of archeology and history. This book is primarily about the origins and movements of the ancestors of persons today. When it sticks to that topic, the book is excellent, except for the...

    Incredibly detailed and fresh, but also repetitive and indiscriminate. Had to think quite hard looking at some of the many diagrams showing e.g. hundreds of thousands of years of almost-noise recombination. Archeology has been transformed in the last decade, by the ancient DNA hunt....

    4.5 in substance, 3 in actual writing clarity. This books gives an overview of the new methods of using ?ancient DNA? to learn about human history. There are really 3 parts to it - (1) an overview of the new methods (which are very new); (2) a revised history of the ancestry of...

    Having read earlier books on this topic by Svante Paabo, Spencer Wells and others I was anxious to read something current. I wasn't disappointed. This, as others have said, is an excellent summary of the state of genetic research using ancient DNA to determine how we all got to where w...

    This is primarily a book about cutting-edge advances in ancient DNA, but there are also some detours into highly controversial current-day population genetics and behavioral genetics issues. The ancient DNA stuff is fascinating, and made even cooler by the fact that Reich and his la...

    David Reich leads the DNA laboratory at Harvard University which has been at the forefront of the recent field of population genetics, pioneering many DNA extraction and mathematical analysis techniques to search for clues into the ancestry of various human populations worldwide. In th...

    This. Was. Excruciating. I finished this by relying on sheer stubbornness. The topic was of interest and I hoped (unreasonably, it seems) that it would improve as I read. It did not. I fell asleep repeatedly trying to read it. I was thrilled to finish. Why? This is a textbook-like ...

    Who We Are and How We Got Here is mostly about what DNA extracted from ancient skeletons can tell us about migration patterns from the distant past. A couple quick takeaways. .This is not my field, and the book is not exactly written for a popular audience, which isn't to say it's u...

    Image you feel asleep in 1998 and awoke 20 years later in 2018. Besides the changed political landscapes, you discover how information technology has transformed our lives, from how we interact with others via social media, to how we purchase goods via the internet, and how we created ...

    I don't know what I feel about this book just yet One early morning, first thing I read was an article in 'The Economist' about how a new research had proved the validity of Aryan Invasion Theory. Incidentally, this has been a topic which has interested me for quite a while. So, I r...

    One of the best books I've ever read. Reich explains how his research into ancient DNA has provided with new, unexpected evidence about how human populations have moved around the globe, interacted with each other, transmitting new ideas and genes in the process. He tries hard to avoid...

    If you found history class merely glancing over the thousands of years of human history before ancient empires... this book is for you. Learn about how recent advances in genetic analysis of ancient dna found in ancient bones is changing our view of mankind's development. Did they ...

    Human pre-history based on very recent genetic data. Highly informative, both about scientific processes of DNA-based models and about the history of how and when humans settled the planet. As exciting as it gets. ...

    This book is a great summary of up-to-date genetics research (...as far as I can tell), and the general thrust of it is worth learning about, but Part II, which comprises about half the book, isn't necessary for any but those looking to keep their knowledge of the field on the cutting ...

    It?s mostly the details of this book that are fascinating, but if there's one broad message to take away, it's that the modern era with its blending of divergent people and cultures is not at all unique in human history. We're all mutts, mixtures of groups more different from each ot...

    Fascinating book. ...

    Extremely well written! A very difficult task to take such a topic (genetics) and make it reasonably understandable to a lay audience. The ?genomic revolution? seems like a very exciting area and will be one worth following in the future! Looking forward to a followup book in a few...

    In "Who We Are and How We Got Here" David Reich, one of the world?s leading geneticists on ancient DNA, details how our view of human prehistory has changed with what he calls the "ancient DNA revolution? started by Svante Pääbo, a Swedish geneticist who developed many of the ini...

  • Joe Q.
    May 18, 2018

    We geneticists may be the barbarians coming late to the study of the human past, but it is always a bad idea to ignore barbarians. We have access to a type of data that no one has had before, and we are wielding these data to address previously unapproachable questions about who ancien...

    This was a fantastic condensation of modern research on genomics and it's effect on our understanding of anthropology and history. Really, what is it with biologists that they are able to write these books understandable to a relatively lay audience without hiding entire detail about h...

    Due to Goodreads limits, this review is cropped. The full review can be found at http://bahanonu.com/syscarut/articles/204/. ======= This review will likely be updated as I mull over or re-read the book. [?] when we discover biological differences governing behavior, they may n...

    Willy Chertman 03/29/2018 "Who We Are and How We Got Here" is great book with some flaws. As a one-stop guide for catching up with the ancient DNA revolution, it is unequaled. It is also a refreshingly honest look into the life of a practicing prominent scientist in the age of la...

    Such fascinating science and research on ancient DNA. I also really loved all the research about the Iranian Nomad populations that are basically the tribe that took over Europe because those are my people (kind of because there was a lot of mixing). It was also stunning to see how ine...

    Traces the general history of humanity from its origins in Africa and the subsequent lineages that went to Europe, South Asia, East Asia, Australasia, The Americas and subsequent African lineages as they changed in the genetic record up to the present. Also covers the detective story b...

    The author, David Reich, is a eminent population geneticist whose work is shedding light on questions of archeology and history. This book is primarily about the origins and movements of the ancestors of persons today. When it sticks to that topic, the book is excellent, except for the...

    Incredibly detailed and fresh, but also repetitive and indiscriminate. Had to think quite hard looking at some of the many diagrams showing e.g. hundreds of thousands of years of almost-noise recombination. Archeology has been transformed in the last decade, by the ancient DNA hunt....

    4.5 in substance, 3 in actual writing clarity. This books gives an overview of the new methods of using ?ancient DNA? to learn about human history. There are really 3 parts to it - (1) an overview of the new methods (which are very new); (2) a revised history of the ancestry of...

    Having read earlier books on this topic by Svante Paabo, Spencer Wells and others I was anxious to read something current. I wasn't disappointed. This, as others have said, is an excellent summary of the state of genetic research using ancient DNA to determine how we all got to where w...

    This is primarily a book about cutting-edge advances in ancient DNA, but there are also some detours into highly controversial current-day population genetics and behavioral genetics issues. The ancient DNA stuff is fascinating, and made even cooler by the fact that Reich and his la...

    David Reich leads the DNA laboratory at Harvard University which has been at the forefront of the recent field of population genetics, pioneering many DNA extraction and mathematical analysis techniques to search for clues into the ancestry of various human populations worldwide. In th...

    This. Was. Excruciating. I finished this by relying on sheer stubbornness. The topic was of interest and I hoped (unreasonably, it seems) that it would improve as I read. It did not. I fell asleep repeatedly trying to read it. I was thrilled to finish. Why? This is a textbook-like ...

    Who We Are and How We Got Here is mostly about what DNA extracted from ancient skeletons can tell us about migration patterns from the distant past. A couple quick takeaways. .This is not my field, and the book is not exactly written for a popular audience, which isn't to say it's u...

    Image you feel asleep in 1998 and awoke 20 years later in 2018. Besides the changed political landscapes, you discover how information technology has transformed our lives, from how we interact with others via social media, to how we purchase goods via the internet, and how we created ...

    I don't know what I feel about this book just yet One early morning, first thing I read was an article in 'The Economist' about how a new research had proved the validity of Aryan Invasion Theory. Incidentally, this has been a topic which has interested me for quite a while. So, I r...

    One of the best books I've ever read. Reich explains how his research into ancient DNA has provided with new, unexpected evidence about how human populations have moved around the globe, interacted with each other, transmitting new ideas and genes in the process. He tries hard to avoid...

    If you found history class merely glancing over the thousands of years of human history before ancient empires... this book is for you. Learn about how recent advances in genetic analysis of ancient dna found in ancient bones is changing our view of mankind's development. Did they ...

    Human pre-history based on very recent genetic data. Highly informative, both about scientific processes of DNA-based models and about the history of how and when humans settled the planet. As exciting as it gets. ...

    This book is a great summary of up-to-date genetics research (...as far as I can tell), and the general thrust of it is worth learning about, but Part II, which comprises about half the book, isn't necessary for any but those looking to keep their knowledge of the field on the cutting ...

    It?s mostly the details of this book that are fascinating, but if there's one broad message to take away, it's that the modern era with its blending of divergent people and cultures is not at all unique in human history. We're all mutts, mixtures of groups more different from each ot...

    Fascinating book. ...

    Extremely well written! A very difficult task to take such a topic (genetics) and make it reasonably understandable to a lay audience. The ?genomic revolution? seems like a very exciting area and will be one worth following in the future! Looking forward to a followup book in a few...

    In "Who We Are and How We Got Here" David Reich, one of the world?s leading geneticists on ancient DNA, details how our view of human prehistory has changed with what he calls the "ancient DNA revolution? started by Svante Pääbo, a Swedish geneticist who developed many of the ini...

    This book wasn't exactly a walk in the park, I found myself re-reading some of the tricky scientific bits in a vain attempt to make them stick to my stubborn brain. Reich is clearly a geneticist first and a writer second (I think we would all be spitting feathers if it was vice versa.)...

    I can say a lot of research went into this book. ...

    "Who We Are and How We Got Here" presents a survey of the genetics of human origins, from the perspective of one of the leaders in the field. Reich outlines the science behind recent discoveries of ancient human lineages that have mixed throughout history to produce the human tapestry ...

  • Robert Stevenson
    Jun 06, 2018

    We geneticists may be the barbarians coming late to the study of the human past, but it is always a bad idea to ignore barbarians. We have access to a type of data that no one has had before, and we are wielding these data to address previously unapproachable questions about who ancien...

    This was a fantastic condensation of modern research on genomics and it's effect on our understanding of anthropology and history. Really, what is it with biologists that they are able to write these books understandable to a relatively lay audience without hiding entire detail about h...

    Due to Goodreads limits, this review is cropped. The full review can be found at http://bahanonu.com/syscarut/articles/204/. ======= This review will likely be updated as I mull over or re-read the book. [?] when we discover biological differences governing behavior, they may n...

    Willy Chertman 03/29/2018 "Who We Are and How We Got Here" is great book with some flaws. As a one-stop guide for catching up with the ancient DNA revolution, it is unequaled. It is also a refreshingly honest look into the life of a practicing prominent scientist in the age of la...

    Such fascinating science and research on ancient DNA. I also really loved all the research about the Iranian Nomad populations that are basically the tribe that took over Europe because those are my people (kind of because there was a lot of mixing). It was also stunning to see how ine...

    Traces the general history of humanity from its origins in Africa and the subsequent lineages that went to Europe, South Asia, East Asia, Australasia, The Americas and subsequent African lineages as they changed in the genetic record up to the present. Also covers the detective story b...

    The author, David Reich, is a eminent population geneticist whose work is shedding light on questions of archeology and history. This book is primarily about the origins and movements of the ancestors of persons today. When it sticks to that topic, the book is excellent, except for the...

    Incredibly detailed and fresh, but also repetitive and indiscriminate. Had to think quite hard looking at some of the many diagrams showing e.g. hundreds of thousands of years of almost-noise recombination. Archeology has been transformed in the last decade, by the ancient DNA hunt....

    4.5 in substance, 3 in actual writing clarity. This books gives an overview of the new methods of using ?ancient DNA? to learn about human history. There are really 3 parts to it - (1) an overview of the new methods (which are very new); (2) a revised history of the ancestry of...

    Having read earlier books on this topic by Svante Paabo, Spencer Wells and others I was anxious to read something current. I wasn't disappointed. This, as others have said, is an excellent summary of the state of genetic research using ancient DNA to determine how we all got to where w...

    This is primarily a book about cutting-edge advances in ancient DNA, but there are also some detours into highly controversial current-day population genetics and behavioral genetics issues. The ancient DNA stuff is fascinating, and made even cooler by the fact that Reich and his la...

    David Reich leads the DNA laboratory at Harvard University which has been at the forefront of the recent field of population genetics, pioneering many DNA extraction and mathematical analysis techniques to search for clues into the ancestry of various human populations worldwide. In th...

    This. Was. Excruciating. I finished this by relying on sheer stubbornness. The topic was of interest and I hoped (unreasonably, it seems) that it would improve as I read. It did not. I fell asleep repeatedly trying to read it. I was thrilled to finish. Why? This is a textbook-like ...

    Who We Are and How We Got Here is mostly about what DNA extracted from ancient skeletons can tell us about migration patterns from the distant past. A couple quick takeaways. .This is not my field, and the book is not exactly written for a popular audience, which isn't to say it's u...

    Image you feel asleep in 1998 and awoke 20 years later in 2018. Besides the changed political landscapes, you discover how information technology has transformed our lives, from how we interact with others via social media, to how we purchase goods via the internet, and how we created ...

    I don't know what I feel about this book just yet One early morning, first thing I read was an article in 'The Economist' about how a new research had proved the validity of Aryan Invasion Theory. Incidentally, this has been a topic which has interested me for quite a while. So, I r...

    One of the best books I've ever read. Reich explains how his research into ancient DNA has provided with new, unexpected evidence about how human populations have moved around the globe, interacted with each other, transmitting new ideas and genes in the process. He tries hard to avoid...

    If you found history class merely glancing over the thousands of years of human history before ancient empires... this book is for you. Learn about how recent advances in genetic analysis of ancient dna found in ancient bones is changing our view of mankind's development. Did they ...

    Human pre-history based on very recent genetic data. Highly informative, both about scientific processes of DNA-based models and about the history of how and when humans settled the planet. As exciting as it gets. ...

    This book is a great summary of up-to-date genetics research (...as far as I can tell), and the general thrust of it is worth learning about, but Part II, which comprises about half the book, isn't necessary for any but those looking to keep their knowledge of the field on the cutting ...

    It?s mostly the details of this book that are fascinating, but if there's one broad message to take away, it's that the modern era with its blending of divergent people and cultures is not at all unique in human history. We're all mutts, mixtures of groups more different from each ot...

    Fascinating book. ...

    Extremely well written! A very difficult task to take such a topic (genetics) and make it reasonably understandable to a lay audience. The ?genomic revolution? seems like a very exciting area and will be one worth following in the future! Looking forward to a followup book in a few...

    In "Who We Are and How We Got Here" David Reich, one of the world?s leading geneticists on ancient DNA, details how our view of human prehistory has changed with what he calls the "ancient DNA revolution? started by Svante Pääbo, a Swedish geneticist who developed many of the ini...

    This book wasn't exactly a walk in the park, I found myself re-reading some of the tricky scientific bits in a vain attempt to make them stick to my stubborn brain. Reich is clearly a geneticist first and a writer second (I think we would all be spitting feathers if it was vice versa.)...

    I can say a lot of research went into this book. ...

    "Who We Are and How We Got Here" presents a survey of the genetics of human origins, from the perspective of one of the leaders in the field. Reich outlines the science behind recent discoveries of ancient human lineages that have mixed throughout history to produce the human tapestry ...

    I hoped for something better. This book certainly offers some fascinating insights into our collective past, but in its sweeping overview of mankind's spread across the earth it didn't really ever tell a story. The author kept saying how studying ancient DNA is revolutionizing our unde...

    There have been many improvements in DNA sequencing over the last ten years but probably the most scientifically disruptive is full ancient DNA sequencing. Daniel Reich highlights how building full genomic representations from ancient DNA is impacting, supporting, countering anthropolo...

  • Doug
    May 10, 2018

    We geneticists may be the barbarians coming late to the study of the human past, but it is always a bad idea to ignore barbarians. We have access to a type of data that no one has had before, and we are wielding these data to address previously unapproachable questions about who ancien...

    This was a fantastic condensation of modern research on genomics and it's effect on our understanding of anthropology and history. Really, what is it with biologists that they are able to write these books understandable to a relatively lay audience without hiding entire detail about h...

    Due to Goodreads limits, this review is cropped. The full review can be found at http://bahanonu.com/syscarut/articles/204/. ======= This review will likely be updated as I mull over or re-read the book. [?] when we discover biological differences governing behavior, they may n...

    Willy Chertman 03/29/2018 "Who We Are and How We Got Here" is great book with some flaws. As a one-stop guide for catching up with the ancient DNA revolution, it is unequaled. It is also a refreshingly honest look into the life of a practicing prominent scientist in the age of la...

    Such fascinating science and research on ancient DNA. I also really loved all the research about the Iranian Nomad populations that are basically the tribe that took over Europe because those are my people (kind of because there was a lot of mixing). It was also stunning to see how ine...

    Traces the general history of humanity from its origins in Africa and the subsequent lineages that went to Europe, South Asia, East Asia, Australasia, The Americas and subsequent African lineages as they changed in the genetic record up to the present. Also covers the detective story b...

    The author, David Reich, is a eminent population geneticist whose work is shedding light on questions of archeology and history. This book is primarily about the origins and movements of the ancestors of persons today. When it sticks to that topic, the book is excellent, except for the...

    Incredibly detailed and fresh, but also repetitive and indiscriminate. Had to think quite hard looking at some of the many diagrams showing e.g. hundreds of thousands of years of almost-noise recombination. Archeology has been transformed in the last decade, by the ancient DNA hunt....

    4.5 in substance, 3 in actual writing clarity. This books gives an overview of the new methods of using ?ancient DNA? to learn about human history. There are really 3 parts to it - (1) an overview of the new methods (which are very new); (2) a revised history of the ancestry of...

    Having read earlier books on this topic by Svante Paabo, Spencer Wells and others I was anxious to read something current. I wasn't disappointed. This, as others have said, is an excellent summary of the state of genetic research using ancient DNA to determine how we all got to where w...

    This is primarily a book about cutting-edge advances in ancient DNA, but there are also some detours into highly controversial current-day population genetics and behavioral genetics issues. The ancient DNA stuff is fascinating, and made even cooler by the fact that Reich and his la...

    David Reich leads the DNA laboratory at Harvard University which has been at the forefront of the recent field of population genetics, pioneering many DNA extraction and mathematical analysis techniques to search for clues into the ancestry of various human populations worldwide. In th...

    This. Was. Excruciating. I finished this by relying on sheer stubbornness. The topic was of interest and I hoped (unreasonably, it seems) that it would improve as I read. It did not. I fell asleep repeatedly trying to read it. I was thrilled to finish. Why? This is a textbook-like ...

    Who We Are and How We Got Here is mostly about what DNA extracted from ancient skeletons can tell us about migration patterns from the distant past. A couple quick takeaways. .This is not my field, and the book is not exactly written for a popular audience, which isn't to say it's u...

    Image you feel asleep in 1998 and awoke 20 years later in 2018. Besides the changed political landscapes, you discover how information technology has transformed our lives, from how we interact with others via social media, to how we purchase goods via the internet, and how we created ...

    I don't know what I feel about this book just yet One early morning, first thing I read was an article in 'The Economist' about how a new research had proved the validity of Aryan Invasion Theory. Incidentally, this has been a topic which has interested me for quite a while. So, I r...

    One of the best books I've ever read. Reich explains how his research into ancient DNA has provided with new, unexpected evidence about how human populations have moved around the globe, interacted with each other, transmitting new ideas and genes in the process. He tries hard to avoid...

    If you found history class merely glancing over the thousands of years of human history before ancient empires... this book is for you. Learn about how recent advances in genetic analysis of ancient dna found in ancient bones is changing our view of mankind's development. Did they ...

    Human pre-history based on very recent genetic data. Highly informative, both about scientific processes of DNA-based models and about the history of how and when humans settled the planet. As exciting as it gets. ...

    This book is a great summary of up-to-date genetics research (...as far as I can tell), and the general thrust of it is worth learning about, but Part II, which comprises about half the book, isn't necessary for any but those looking to keep their knowledge of the field on the cutting ...

    It?s mostly the details of this book that are fascinating, but if there's one broad message to take away, it's that the modern era with its blending of divergent people and cultures is not at all unique in human history. We're all mutts, mixtures of groups more different from each ot...

    Fascinating book. ...

    Extremely well written! A very difficult task to take such a topic (genetics) and make it reasonably understandable to a lay audience. The ?genomic revolution? seems like a very exciting area and will be one worth following in the future! Looking forward to a followup book in a few...

  • Vipin Sharma
    May 02, 2018

    We geneticists may be the barbarians coming late to the study of the human past, but it is always a bad idea to ignore barbarians. We have access to a type of data that no one has had before, and we are wielding these data to address previously unapproachable questions about who ancien...

    This was a fantastic condensation of modern research on genomics and it's effect on our understanding of anthropology and history. Really, what is it with biologists that they are able to write these books understandable to a relatively lay audience without hiding entire detail about h...

    Due to Goodreads limits, this review is cropped. The full review can be found at http://bahanonu.com/syscarut/articles/204/. ======= This review will likely be updated as I mull over or re-read the book. [?] when we discover biological differences governing behavior, they may n...

    Willy Chertman 03/29/2018 "Who We Are and How We Got Here" is great book with some flaws. As a one-stop guide for catching up with the ancient DNA revolution, it is unequaled. It is also a refreshingly honest look into the life of a practicing prominent scientist in the age of la...

    Such fascinating science and research on ancient DNA. I also really loved all the research about the Iranian Nomad populations that are basically the tribe that took over Europe because those are my people (kind of because there was a lot of mixing). It was also stunning to see how ine...

    Traces the general history of humanity from its origins in Africa and the subsequent lineages that went to Europe, South Asia, East Asia, Australasia, The Americas and subsequent African lineages as they changed in the genetic record up to the present. Also covers the detective story b...

    The author, David Reich, is a eminent population geneticist whose work is shedding light on questions of archeology and history. This book is primarily about the origins and movements of the ancestors of persons today. When it sticks to that topic, the book is excellent, except for the...

    Incredibly detailed and fresh, but also repetitive and indiscriminate. Had to think quite hard looking at some of the many diagrams showing e.g. hundreds of thousands of years of almost-noise recombination. Archeology has been transformed in the last decade, by the ancient DNA hunt....

    4.5 in substance, 3 in actual writing clarity. This books gives an overview of the new methods of using ?ancient DNA? to learn about human history. There are really 3 parts to it - (1) an overview of the new methods (which are very new); (2) a revised history of the ancestry of...

    Having read earlier books on this topic by Svante Paabo, Spencer Wells and others I was anxious to read something current. I wasn't disappointed. This, as others have said, is an excellent summary of the state of genetic research using ancient DNA to determine how we all got to where w...

    This is primarily a book about cutting-edge advances in ancient DNA, but there are also some detours into highly controversial current-day population genetics and behavioral genetics issues. The ancient DNA stuff is fascinating, and made even cooler by the fact that Reich and his la...

    David Reich leads the DNA laboratory at Harvard University which has been at the forefront of the recent field of population genetics, pioneering many DNA extraction and mathematical analysis techniques to search for clues into the ancestry of various human populations worldwide. In th...

    This. Was. Excruciating. I finished this by relying on sheer stubbornness. The topic was of interest and I hoped (unreasonably, it seems) that it would improve as I read. It did not. I fell asleep repeatedly trying to read it. I was thrilled to finish. Why? This is a textbook-like ...

    Who We Are and How We Got Here is mostly about what DNA extracted from ancient skeletons can tell us about migration patterns from the distant past. A couple quick takeaways. .This is not my field, and the book is not exactly written for a popular audience, which isn't to say it's u...

    Image you feel asleep in 1998 and awoke 20 years later in 2018. Besides the changed political landscapes, you discover how information technology has transformed our lives, from how we interact with others via social media, to how we purchase goods via the internet, and how we created ...

    I don't know what I feel about this book just yet One early morning, first thing I read was an article in 'The Economist' about how a new research had proved the validity of Aryan Invasion Theory. Incidentally, this has been a topic which has interested me for quite a while. So, I r...

  • Steve Majerus-Collins
    May 06, 2018

    We geneticists may be the barbarians coming late to the study of the human past, but it is always a bad idea to ignore barbarians. We have access to a type of data that no one has had before, and we are wielding these data to address previously unapproachable questions about who ancien...

    This was a fantastic condensation of modern research on genomics and it's effect on our understanding of anthropology and history. Really, what is it with biologists that they are able to write these books understandable to a relatively lay audience without hiding entire detail about h...

    Due to Goodreads limits, this review is cropped. The full review can be found at http://bahanonu.com/syscarut/articles/204/. ======= This review will likely be updated as I mull over or re-read the book. [?] when we discover biological differences governing behavior, they may n...

    Willy Chertman 03/29/2018 "Who We Are and How We Got Here" is great book with some flaws. As a one-stop guide for catching up with the ancient DNA revolution, it is unequaled. It is also a refreshingly honest look into the life of a practicing prominent scientist in the age of la...

    Such fascinating science and research on ancient DNA. I also really loved all the research about the Iranian Nomad populations that are basically the tribe that took over Europe because those are my people (kind of because there was a lot of mixing). It was also stunning to see how ine...

    Traces the general history of humanity from its origins in Africa and the subsequent lineages that went to Europe, South Asia, East Asia, Australasia, The Americas and subsequent African lineages as they changed in the genetic record up to the present. Also covers the detective story b...

    The author, David Reich, is a eminent population geneticist whose work is shedding light on questions of archeology and history. This book is primarily about the origins and movements of the ancestors of persons today. When it sticks to that topic, the book is excellent, except for the...

    Incredibly detailed and fresh, but also repetitive and indiscriminate. Had to think quite hard looking at some of the many diagrams showing e.g. hundreds of thousands of years of almost-noise recombination. Archeology has been transformed in the last decade, by the ancient DNA hunt....

    4.5 in substance, 3 in actual writing clarity. This books gives an overview of the new methods of using ?ancient DNA? to learn about human history. There are really 3 parts to it - (1) an overview of the new methods (which are very new); (2) a revised history of the ancestry of...

    Having read earlier books on this topic by Svante Paabo, Spencer Wells and others I was anxious to read something current. I wasn't disappointed. This, as others have said, is an excellent summary of the state of genetic research using ancient DNA to determine how we all got to where w...

    This is primarily a book about cutting-edge advances in ancient DNA, but there are also some detours into highly controversial current-day population genetics and behavioral genetics issues. The ancient DNA stuff is fascinating, and made even cooler by the fact that Reich and his la...

    David Reich leads the DNA laboratory at Harvard University which has been at the forefront of the recent field of population genetics, pioneering many DNA extraction and mathematical analysis techniques to search for clues into the ancestry of various human populations worldwide. In th...

    This. Was. Excruciating. I finished this by relying on sheer stubbornness. The topic was of interest and I hoped (unreasonably, it seems) that it would improve as I read. It did not. I fell asleep repeatedly trying to read it. I was thrilled to finish. Why? This is a textbook-like ...

    Who We Are and How We Got Here is mostly about what DNA extracted from ancient skeletons can tell us about migration patterns from the distant past. A couple quick takeaways. .This is not my field, and the book is not exactly written for a popular audience, which isn't to say it's u...

    Image you feel asleep in 1998 and awoke 20 years later in 2018. Besides the changed political landscapes, you discover how information technology has transformed our lives, from how we interact with others via social media, to how we purchase goods via the internet, and how we created ...

    I don't know what I feel about this book just yet One early morning, first thing I read was an article in 'The Economist' about how a new research had proved the validity of Aryan Invasion Theory. Incidentally, this has been a topic which has interested me for quite a while. So, I r...

    One of the best books I've ever read. Reich explains how his research into ancient DNA has provided with new, unexpected evidence about how human populations have moved around the globe, interacted with each other, transmitting new ideas and genes in the process. He tries hard to avoid...

    If you found history class merely glancing over the thousands of years of human history before ancient empires... this book is for you. Learn about how recent advances in genetic analysis of ancient dna found in ancient bones is changing our view of mankind's development. Did they ...

    Human pre-history based on very recent genetic data. Highly informative, both about scientific processes of DNA-based models and about the history of how and when humans settled the planet. As exciting as it gets. ...

    This book is a great summary of up-to-date genetics research (...as far as I can tell), and the general thrust of it is worth learning about, but Part II, which comprises about half the book, isn't necessary for any but those looking to keep their knowledge of the field on the cutting ...

    It?s mostly the details of this book that are fascinating, but if there's one broad message to take away, it's that the modern era with its blending of divergent people and cultures is not at all unique in human history. We're all mutts, mixtures of groups more different from each ot...

    Fascinating book. ...

    Extremely well written! A very difficult task to take such a topic (genetics) and make it reasonably understandable to a lay audience. The ?genomic revolution? seems like a very exciting area and will be one worth following in the future! Looking forward to a followup book in a few...

    In "Who We Are and How We Got Here" David Reich, one of the world?s leading geneticists on ancient DNA, details how our view of human prehistory has changed with what he calls the "ancient DNA revolution? started by Svante Pääbo, a Swedish geneticist who developed many of the ini...

    This book wasn't exactly a walk in the park, I found myself re-reading some of the tricky scientific bits in a vain attempt to make them stick to my stubborn brain. Reich is clearly a geneticist first and a writer second (I think we would all be spitting feathers if it was vice versa.)...

    I can say a lot of research went into this book. ...

    "Who We Are and How We Got Here" presents a survey of the genetics of human origins, from the perspective of one of the leaders in the field. Reich outlines the science behind recent discoveries of ancient human lineages that have mixed throughout history to produce the human tapestry ...

    I hoped for something better. This book certainly offers some fascinating insights into our collective past, but in its sweeping overview of mankind's spread across the earth it didn't really ever tell a story. The author kept saying how studying ancient DNA is revolutionizing our unde...

  • Gavin Leech
    Jun 17, 2018

    We geneticists may be the barbarians coming late to the study of the human past, but it is always a bad idea to ignore barbarians. We have access to a type of data that no one has had before, and we are wielding these data to address previously unapproachable questions about who ancien...

    This was a fantastic condensation of modern research on genomics and it's effect on our understanding of anthropology and history. Really, what is it with biologists that they are able to write these books understandable to a relatively lay audience without hiding entire detail about h...

    Due to Goodreads limits, this review is cropped. The full review can be found at http://bahanonu.com/syscarut/articles/204/. ======= This review will likely be updated as I mull over or re-read the book. [?] when we discover biological differences governing behavior, they may n...

    Willy Chertman 03/29/2018 "Who We Are and How We Got Here" is great book with some flaws. As a one-stop guide for catching up with the ancient DNA revolution, it is unequaled. It is also a refreshingly honest look into the life of a practicing prominent scientist in the age of la...

    Such fascinating science and research on ancient DNA. I also really loved all the research about the Iranian Nomad populations that are basically the tribe that took over Europe because those are my people (kind of because there was a lot of mixing). It was also stunning to see how ine...

    Traces the general history of humanity from its origins in Africa and the subsequent lineages that went to Europe, South Asia, East Asia, Australasia, The Americas and subsequent African lineages as they changed in the genetic record up to the present. Also covers the detective story b...

    The author, David Reich, is a eminent population geneticist whose work is shedding light on questions of archeology and history. This book is primarily about the origins and movements of the ancestors of persons today. When it sticks to that topic, the book is excellent, except for the...

    Incredibly detailed and fresh, but also repetitive and indiscriminate. Had to think quite hard looking at some of the many diagrams showing e.g. hundreds of thousands of years of almost-noise recombination. Archeology has been transformed in the last decade, by the ancient DNA hunt....

  • Rekha Shane
    Apr 22, 2018

    We geneticists may be the barbarians coming late to the study of the human past, but it is always a bad idea to ignore barbarians. We have access to a type of data that no one has had before, and we are wielding these data to address previously unapproachable questions about who ancien...

    This was a fantastic condensation of modern research on genomics and it's effect on our understanding of anthropology and history. Really, what is it with biologists that they are able to write these books understandable to a relatively lay audience without hiding entire detail about h...

    Due to Goodreads limits, this review is cropped. The full review can be found at http://bahanonu.com/syscarut/articles/204/. ======= This review will likely be updated as I mull over or re-read the book. [?] when we discover biological differences governing behavior, they may n...

    Willy Chertman 03/29/2018 "Who We Are and How We Got Here" is great book with some flaws. As a one-stop guide for catching up with the ancient DNA revolution, it is unequaled. It is also a refreshingly honest look into the life of a practicing prominent scientist in the age of la...

    Such fascinating science and research on ancient DNA. I also really loved all the research about the Iranian Nomad populations that are basically the tribe that took over Europe because those are my people (kind of because there was a lot of mixing). It was also stunning to see how ine...

    Traces the general history of humanity from its origins in Africa and the subsequent lineages that went to Europe, South Asia, East Asia, Australasia, The Americas and subsequent African lineages as they changed in the genetic record up to the present. Also covers the detective story b...

    The author, David Reich, is a eminent population geneticist whose work is shedding light on questions of archeology and history. This book is primarily about the origins and movements of the ancestors of persons today. When it sticks to that topic, the book is excellent, except for the...

    Incredibly detailed and fresh, but also repetitive and indiscriminate. Had to think quite hard looking at some of the many diagrams showing e.g. hundreds of thousands of years of almost-noise recombination. Archeology has been transformed in the last decade, by the ancient DNA hunt....

    4.5 in substance, 3 in actual writing clarity. This books gives an overview of the new methods of using ?ancient DNA? to learn about human history. There are really 3 parts to it - (1) an overview of the new methods (which are very new); (2) a revised history of the ancestry of...

    Having read earlier books on this topic by Svante Paabo, Spencer Wells and others I was anxious to read something current. I wasn't disappointed. This, as others have said, is an excellent summary of the state of genetic research using ancient DNA to determine how we all got to where w...

    This is primarily a book about cutting-edge advances in ancient DNA, but there are also some detours into highly controversial current-day population genetics and behavioral genetics issues. The ancient DNA stuff is fascinating, and made even cooler by the fact that Reich and his la...

    David Reich leads the DNA laboratory at Harvard University which has been at the forefront of the recent field of population genetics, pioneering many DNA extraction and mathematical analysis techniques to search for clues into the ancestry of various human populations worldwide. In th...

    This. Was. Excruciating. I finished this by relying on sheer stubbornness. The topic was of interest and I hoped (unreasonably, it seems) that it would improve as I read. It did not. I fell asleep repeatedly trying to read it. I was thrilled to finish. Why? This is a textbook-like ...

    Who We Are and How We Got Here is mostly about what DNA extracted from ancient skeletons can tell us about migration patterns from the distant past. A couple quick takeaways. .This is not my field, and the book is not exactly written for a popular audience, which isn't to say it's u...

    Image you feel asleep in 1998 and awoke 20 years later in 2018. Besides the changed political landscapes, you discover how information technology has transformed our lives, from how we interact with others via social media, to how we purchase goods via the internet, and how we created ...

    I don't know what I feel about this book just yet One early morning, first thing I read was an article in 'The Economist' about how a new research had proved the validity of Aryan Invasion Theory. Incidentally, this has been a topic which has interested me for quite a while. So, I r...

    One of the best books I've ever read. Reich explains how his research into ancient DNA has provided with new, unexpected evidence about how human populations have moved around the globe, interacted with each other, transmitting new ideas and genes in the process. He tries hard to avoid...

    If you found history class merely glancing over the thousands of years of human history before ancient empires... this book is for you. Learn about how recent advances in genetic analysis of ancient dna found in ancient bones is changing our view of mankind's development. Did they ...

    Human pre-history based on very recent genetic data. Highly informative, both about scientific processes of DNA-based models and about the history of how and when humans settled the planet. As exciting as it gets. ...

    This book is a great summary of up-to-date genetics research (...as far as I can tell), and the general thrust of it is worth learning about, but Part II, which comprises about half the book, isn't necessary for any but those looking to keep their knowledge of the field on the cutting ...

    It?s mostly the details of this book that are fascinating, but if there's one broad message to take away, it's that the modern era with its blending of divergent people and cultures is not at all unique in human history. We're all mutts, mixtures of groups more different from each ot...

    Fascinating book. ...

    Extremely well written! A very difficult task to take such a topic (genetics) and make it reasonably understandable to a lay audience. The ?genomic revolution? seems like a very exciting area and will be one worth following in the future! Looking forward to a followup book in a few...

    In "Who We Are and How We Got Here" David Reich, one of the world?s leading geneticists on ancient DNA, details how our view of human prehistory has changed with what he calls the "ancient DNA revolution? started by Svante Pääbo, a Swedish geneticist who developed many of the ini...

    This book wasn't exactly a walk in the park, I found myself re-reading some of the tricky scientific bits in a vain attempt to make them stick to my stubborn brain. Reich is clearly a geneticist first and a writer second (I think we would all be spitting feathers if it was vice versa.)...

  • ChickCounterfly
    Apr 02, 2018

    We geneticists may be the barbarians coming late to the study of the human past, but it is always a bad idea to ignore barbarians. We have access to a type of data that no one has had before, and we are wielding these data to address previously unapproachable questions about who ancien...

    This was a fantastic condensation of modern research on genomics and it's effect on our understanding of anthropology and history. Really, what is it with biologists that they are able to write these books understandable to a relatively lay audience without hiding entire detail about h...

    Due to Goodreads limits, this review is cropped. The full review can be found at http://bahanonu.com/syscarut/articles/204/. ======= This review will likely be updated as I mull over or re-read the book. [?] when we discover biological differences governing behavior, they may n...

    Willy Chertman 03/29/2018 "Who We Are and How We Got Here" is great book with some flaws. As a one-stop guide for catching up with the ancient DNA revolution, it is unequaled. It is also a refreshingly honest look into the life of a practicing prominent scientist in the age of la...

    Such fascinating science and research on ancient DNA. I also really loved all the research about the Iranian Nomad populations that are basically the tribe that took over Europe because those are my people (kind of because there was a lot of mixing). It was also stunning to see how ine...

    Traces the general history of humanity from its origins in Africa and the subsequent lineages that went to Europe, South Asia, East Asia, Australasia, The Americas and subsequent African lineages as they changed in the genetic record up to the present. Also covers the detective story b...

    The author, David Reich, is a eminent population geneticist whose work is shedding light on questions of archeology and history. This book is primarily about the origins and movements of the ancestors of persons today. When it sticks to that topic, the book is excellent, except for the...

    Incredibly detailed and fresh, but also repetitive and indiscriminate. Had to think quite hard looking at some of the many diagrams showing e.g. hundreds of thousands of years of almost-noise recombination. Archeology has been transformed in the last decade, by the ancient DNA hunt....

    4.5 in substance, 3 in actual writing clarity. This books gives an overview of the new methods of using ?ancient DNA? to learn about human history. There are really 3 parts to it - (1) an overview of the new methods (which are very new); (2) a revised history of the ancestry of...

    Having read earlier books on this topic by Svante Paabo, Spencer Wells and others I was anxious to read something current. I wasn't disappointed. This, as others have said, is an excellent summary of the state of genetic research using ancient DNA to determine how we all got to where w...

    This is primarily a book about cutting-edge advances in ancient DNA, but there are also some detours into highly controversial current-day population genetics and behavioral genetics issues. The ancient DNA stuff is fascinating, and made even cooler by the fact that Reich and his la...

  • Jesse Ingber
    Jun 29, 2018

    We geneticists may be the barbarians coming late to the study of the human past, but it is always a bad idea to ignore barbarians. We have access to a type of data that no one has had before, and we are wielding these data to address previously unapproachable questions about who ancien...

    This was a fantastic condensation of modern research on genomics and it's effect on our understanding of anthropology and history. Really, what is it with biologists that they are able to write these books understandable to a relatively lay audience without hiding entire detail about h...

    Due to Goodreads limits, this review is cropped. The full review can be found at http://bahanonu.com/syscarut/articles/204/. ======= This review will likely be updated as I mull over or re-read the book. [?] when we discover biological differences governing behavior, they may n...

    Willy Chertman 03/29/2018 "Who We Are and How We Got Here" is great book with some flaws. As a one-stop guide for catching up with the ancient DNA revolution, it is unequaled. It is also a refreshingly honest look into the life of a practicing prominent scientist in the age of la...

    Such fascinating science and research on ancient DNA. I also really loved all the research about the Iranian Nomad populations that are basically the tribe that took over Europe because those are my people (kind of because there was a lot of mixing). It was also stunning to see how ine...

    Traces the general history of humanity from its origins in Africa and the subsequent lineages that went to Europe, South Asia, East Asia, Australasia, The Americas and subsequent African lineages as they changed in the genetic record up to the present. Also covers the detective story b...

    The author, David Reich, is a eminent population geneticist whose work is shedding light on questions of archeology and history. This book is primarily about the origins and movements of the ancestors of persons today. When it sticks to that topic, the book is excellent, except for the...

    Incredibly detailed and fresh, but also repetitive and indiscriminate. Had to think quite hard looking at some of the many diagrams showing e.g. hundreds of thousands of years of almost-noise recombination. Archeology has been transformed in the last decade, by the ancient DNA hunt....

    4.5 in substance, 3 in actual writing clarity. This books gives an overview of the new methods of using ?ancient DNA? to learn about human history. There are really 3 parts to it - (1) an overview of the new methods (which are very new); (2) a revised history of the ancestry of...

    Having read earlier books on this topic by Svante Paabo, Spencer Wells and others I was anxious to read something current. I wasn't disappointed. This, as others have said, is an excellent summary of the state of genetic research using ancient DNA to determine how we all got to where w...

    This is primarily a book about cutting-edge advances in ancient DNA, but there are also some detours into highly controversial current-day population genetics and behavioral genetics issues. The ancient DNA stuff is fascinating, and made even cooler by the fact that Reich and his la...

    David Reich leads the DNA laboratory at Harvard University which has been at the forefront of the recent field of population genetics, pioneering many DNA extraction and mathematical analysis techniques to search for clues into the ancestry of various human populations worldwide. In th...

    This. Was. Excruciating. I finished this by relying on sheer stubbornness. The topic was of interest and I hoped (unreasonably, it seems) that it would improve as I read. It did not. I fell asleep repeatedly trying to read it. I was thrilled to finish. Why? This is a textbook-like ...

    Who We Are and How We Got Here is mostly about what DNA extracted from ancient skeletons can tell us about migration patterns from the distant past. A couple quick takeaways. .This is not my field, and the book is not exactly written for a popular audience, which isn't to say it's u...

    Image you feel asleep in 1998 and awoke 20 years later in 2018. Besides the changed political landscapes, you discover how information technology has transformed our lives, from how we interact with others via social media, to how we purchase goods via the internet, and how we created ...

    I don't know what I feel about this book just yet One early morning, first thing I read was an article in 'The Economist' about how a new research had proved the validity of Aryan Invasion Theory. Incidentally, this has been a topic which has interested me for quite a while. So, I r...

    One of the best books I've ever read. Reich explains how his research into ancient DNA has provided with new, unexpected evidence about how human populations have moved around the globe, interacted with each other, transmitting new ideas and genes in the process. He tries hard to avoid...

    If you found history class merely glancing over the thousands of years of human history before ancient empires... this book is for you. Learn about how recent advances in genetic analysis of ancient dna found in ancient bones is changing our view of mankind's development. Did they ...

    Human pre-history based on very recent genetic data. Highly informative, both about scientific processes of DNA-based models and about the history of how and when humans settled the planet. As exciting as it gets. ...

    This book is a great summary of up-to-date genetics research (...as far as I can tell), and the general thrust of it is worth learning about, but Part II, which comprises about half the book, isn't necessary for any but those looking to keep their knowledge of the field on the cutting ...