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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Genres:Science
ISBN:110187032X
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:368 pages pages

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

  • Todd
    Apr 22, 2018
    While not light reading by any means, "Who We Are and How We Got Here" is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the latest genetic research regarding the origins of modern humans. So, who are we? Genetic mutts. How did we get here? Through a series of migrations and ...
  • Xenophon Hendrix
    Apr 05, 2018
    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...
  • Steve Van Slyke
    Apr 21, 2018
    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
    I can say a lot of research went into this book. ...
  • Jason Furman
    Apr 26, 2018
    This book is a testament to the marvel of human evolution. Particularly that humans could evolve to the point where they had the ability, motivation and capability to undertake the research project that David Reich and his many collaborators and colleagues have done to understand tens ...
  • Ilya
    May 16, 2018
    This book is a summary of current genetic research that answers the title question: who humanity is and how it got where it is. Modern Britons are largely not descended from the builders of the Stonehenge; the builders got overwhelmed by invaders. Some Amazonian Native Americans are in...
  • Paul Vogelzang
    Apr 09, 2018
    Fascinating book. ...
  • Thore Husfeldt
    Apr 19, 2018
    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
    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
    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...
  • Dan
    May 02, 2018
    Great introduction to a rapidly-changing science lending fascinating insights into our human story. ...
  • John
    Apr 28, 2018
    I love reading about human evolution, and Reich does a pretty good job of telling the story. Apart from Svaante Paabo's memoir, this is one of the best I've read. The level of detail is sometimes overwhelming, as it probably should be to tell the story right. But for amateur paleo fans...
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Apr 21, 2018
    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
    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 ...
  • Murray
    May 17, 2018
    Whole genome analysis of remains of ancestral humans at different locations and in different eras is now used to track the pattern of human migrations and interbreeding. Mutations, or errors in DNA copying, occur on average about every thousand base-pairs at a fairly constant rate. We ...
  • Willy C
    Mar 31, 2018
    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...
  • Ross
    May 17, 2018
    The ultimate immigration story. It can be a slow go at times unless you have a strong working knowledge of genetics, archeology, geography and linguistics. However the story of repeated mixing (and occasional replacement) of migrating populations is interesting enough to keep the reade...
  • Biafra
    Mar 30, 2018
    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...
  • Drew Dillman
    May 17, 2018
    Excellent up to date report The book is written by one of the leading experts in this field. Fortunately, the author is more interested in truth and less interested in his personal views of goodness than have been some previous scholars in this field, especially some at Harvard. Th...
  • Joe Q.
    May 18, 2018
    "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 ...
  • Doug
    May 10, 2018
    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
    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...
  • Gid
    May 08, 2018
    I am 99% sure the '67 leading scientists and researchers' who wrote that open letter to Reich didn't bother actually reading the book. ...
  • Vincent Archer
    Apr 22, 2018
    This is one of those books that will require a revision every 5 years for some time. An excellent summary of the current state of the field of ancestry genetics; the study of how genes inform us of who might have been our ancestors. Up to the genetic revolution, the idea was that th...
  • Fabian Il.
    Apr 29, 2018
    Interesting book for sure, but nothing more than that. I am strange in that I try to get some actual useful information out of every book, information than helps me in the real world. This book lacks that for me, its all about where we come from, the history of our genes and about race...
  • Steve Majerus-Collins
    May 06, 2018
    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...
  • James
    May 05, 2018
    This book was one of the best ones I've read in a while. It reminded me of stumbling upon a college class outside of my major with an amazing teacher and discovering fascinating content beneath it. This book traces the history of the human species using relatively recent breakthrou...
  • Rekha Shane
    Apr 22, 2018
    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
    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...
  • Elizabeth Wallen
    May 06, 2018
    The topic interesting. The writing sometimes drifted into repetitive and overly technical. I really had to go back and reread some sections to understand and I feel I have a well above average understanding of genetics. This book will be out of date in a relatively short period of time...