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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ISBN:Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the new science of the human past
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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

  • Paul
    Aug 01, 2018
    Fabulous summary of how genetic research on modern and ancient humans is overturning long-run history narratives from linguistics and archeology. I learned a lot. ...
  • Gail
    Jun 18, 2018
    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 ...
  • Mehrsa
    Jul 01, 2018
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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...
  • 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. ...
  • Dan
    Aug 06, 2018
    Great book! Amazingly, whole genome sequences for more than 700 ancient humans (some 50,000 years old and more) have been gathered, and the book describes how these gene sequences are helping researchers to reveal the history of human migration and displacement in many regions of the w...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Peter Tillman
    Jul 22, 2018
    Go-to review is Biafra Ahananou's, http://bahanonu.com/syscarut/articles... "This book, even with its flaws, is worth reading for the great overview it gives into the emerging ancient DNA field that could have profound impacts on culture, politics, and science." ...
  • Claudia Majetich
    Jun 08, 2018
    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...
  • Nathan
    Jul 30, 2018
    One of the most fascinating books I have ever read. Reich walks through recent developments in genetic sequencing as a tool for anthropology, complementing archaeology and linguistics. From Neanderthal ancestry to ghost post populations to the complexities of race- the insights from th...
  • Samuel Premkumar
    Jul 22, 2018
    A thoroughly researched book on population genetics and human migration based on ancient DNA studies. The book is packed with lot of information and will be great interst to people interested in this field. A warning though, you need to know basics of genetics like DNA, chromosomes, ge...
  • Rāhul
    May 23, 2018
    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
    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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Ginger Griffin
    Jul 24, 2018
    Interesting snapshot of how scientists trace the human past through DNA. Fascinating findings about migrations and population mixtures, plus instances of sweeping population replacement. How sweeping? Well, as the author notes, "just five thousand years ago, the people who are now the ...
  • 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...
  • Nico Van Straalen
    Aug 14, 2018
    In a waterfall-type of style David Reich relates the many discoveries coming from ancient DNA research over the past few years. It is an amazing story, illustrated by many new facts from his own laboratory at Harvard, everything brand-new and published only recently. His book is organi...
  • Gavin Leech
    Jun 17, 2018
    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....
  • 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...
  • Jesse Ingber
    Jun 29, 2018
    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 ...