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Mapping Human History : Genes, Race, and Our Common Origins,9780618352104

Mapping Human History : Genes, Race, and Our Common Origins

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9780618352104

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0618352104
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Pub. Date:
4/1/2003
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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In a journey across four continents, acclaimed science writer Steve Olson traces the origins of modern humans and the migrations of our ancestors throughout the world over the past 150,000 years. Like Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs and Steel, Mapping Human History is a groundbreaking synthesis of science and history. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including the latest genetic research, linguistic evidence, and archaeological findings, Olson reveals the surprising unity among modern humans and "demonstrates just how naive some of our ideas about our human ancestry have been" (Discover).Olson offers a genealogy of all humanity, explaining, for instance, why everyone can claim Julius Caesar and Confucius as forebears. Olson also provides startling new perspectives on the invention of agriculture, the peopling of the Americas, the origins of language, the history of the Jews, and more. An engaging and lucid account, Mapping Human History will forever change how we think about ourselves and our relations with others.

Author Biography

Steve Olson’s Mapping Human History was a National Book Award finalist and won the Science-in-Society Award from the National Association of Science Writers. Olson has also written for the Atlantic Monthly, Scientific American, and Science. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland, where he coaches the math team at a public middle school.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Human Pageant 1(11)
I. AFRICA
The End of Evolution: The African Origins of Modern Humans
11(21)
Individuals and Groups: The Divergence of Modern Humans
32(22)
The African Diaspora and the Genetic Unity of Modern Humans
54(19)
II. THE MIDDLE EAST
Encounters with the Other: Modern Humans and Neandertals in the Middle East
73(17)
Agriculture, Civilization, and the Emergence of Ethnicity
90(16)
God's People: A Genetic History of the Jews
106(17)
III. ASIA AND AUSTRALIA
The Great Migration: To Asia and Beyond
123(14)
Sprung from a Common Source: Genes and Languages
137(20)
IV. EUROPE
Who Are the Europeans?
157(18)
Immigration and the Future of Europe
175(18)
V. THE AMERICAS
The Settlement of the Americas
193(15)
The Burden of Knowledge: Native Americans and the Human Genome Diversity Project
208(15)
VI. THE WORLD
The End of Race: Hawaii and the Mixing of Peoples
223(18)
Notes 241(36)
Acknowledgments 277(2)
Index 279


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