The Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry

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The Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry

Format:  Paperback,

306 pages

Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc

Publish Date: May 2002

ISBN-13: 9780393323146

ISBN-10: 0393323145

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One of the most dramatic stories of genetic discovery since James Watson's "The Double Helix," "The Seven Daughters of Eve" reveals the remarkable story behind a groundbreaking scientific discovery. After being summoned in 1997 to an archaeological site to examine the remains of a five-thousand-year-old man, Bryan Sykes ultimately was able to prove not only that the man was a European but also that he has living relatives in England today. In this lucid, absorbing account, Sykes reveals how the identification of a particular strand of DNA that passes unbroken through the maternal line allows scientists to trace our genetic makeup all the way back to prehistoric times, to seven primeval women, the Seven Daughters of Eve.

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Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
Publish Date: May 2002
ISBN-13: 9780393323146
ISBN-10: 0393323145
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 306
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.8
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.75 x 8.25 x 0.75

Chapter outline

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Prologuep. 1
Iceman's Relative Found in Dorsetp. 3
So, What is DNA and What Does It Do?p. 22
From Blood Groups to Genesp. 32
The Special Messengerp. 52
The Tsar and Ip. 63
The Puzzle of the Pacificp. 79
The Greatest Voyagersp. 96
The First Europeansp. 108
The Last of the Neanderthalsp. 116
Hunters and Farmersp. 131
We Are Not Amusedp. 146
Cheddar Man Speaksp. 169
Adam Joins the Partyp. 185
The Seven Daughtersp. 195
Ursulap. 202
Xeniap. 213
Helenap. 221
Veldap. 234
Tarap. 243
Katrinep. 252
Jasminep. 260
The Worldp. 271
A Sense of Selfp. 287
Indexp. 299

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2001-09-01)

Sykes (genetics, Oxford Univ.; editor, Human Inheritance: Genes, Language, and Evolution) is passionate about his work in decoding mitochondrial DNA and about using this knowledge to trace the path of human evolution. To lure readers into this specialized work, he relates personal and historical anecdotes, offering familiar ground from which to consider the science. A discussion of the history of genetics and descriptions of the early landmark work of Sykes and his associates culminate with his finding that 90 percent of modern Europeans are descendents of just seven women who lived 45,000 to 10,000 years ago.

Brief biographies serve to place these "seven daughters" into historical context as understood by archaeology. This is an example of good popular science writing that makes difficult concepts accessible and relevant to the general reader. Recommended for public libraries. (Index not seen.)

[Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/15/01.] - Ann Forister, Roseville P.L., CA

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, 2001 (United States)

Book description

One of the most dramatic stories of genetic discovery since James Watson's The Double Helix, The Seven Daughters of Eve reveals the remarkable story behind a groundbreaking scientific discovery. After being summoned in 1997 to an archaeological site to examine the remains of a five-thousand-year-old man, Bryan Sykes ultimately was able to prove not only that the man was a European but also that he has living relatives in England today.

In this lucid, absorbing account, Sykes reveals how the identification of a particular strand of DNA that passes unbroken through the maternal line allows scientists to trace our genetic makeup all the way back to prehistoric times, to seven primeval women, the Seven Daughters of Eve.

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