|Publisher:||W W Norton & Co Inc|
|Publish Date:||May 2002|
|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|
|Iceman's Relative Found in Dorset||p. 3|
|So, What is DNA and What Does It Do?||p. 22|
|From Blood Groups to Genes||p. 32|
|The Special Messenger||p. 52|
|The Tsar and I||p. 63|
|The Puzzle of the Pacific||p. 79|
|The Greatest Voyagers||p. 96|
|The First Europeans||p. 108|
|The Last of the Neanderthals||p. 116|
|Hunters and Farmers||p. 131|
|We Are Not Amused||p. 146|
|Cheddar Man Speaks||p. 169|
|Adam Joins the Party||p. 185|
|The Seven Daughters||p. 195|
|The World||p. 271|
|A Sense of Self||p. 287|
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
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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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