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Ancestors in Our Genome: The New Science of Human Evolution

Ancestors in Our Genome: The New Science of Human Evolution

by Eugene E. Harris


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The complete DNA molecules comprising the human genome were deciphered two decades ago. With this discovery began a remarkable genomic voyage back in time yielding a new science of human evolution. We are just beginning to unravel our full genomic history and answering age-old questions about how and when we evolved. For the first time, we are finding our ancestors in our genome and gleaning tantalizing clues about our past.

Molecular anthropologist Eugene E. Harris now gives us an updated and expanded version of the original Ancestors in Our Genome. Written from the perspective of population genetics, and in simple terms, his book traces human origins back to our earliest human ancestors and explains how our genome has adapted as we spread to colonize new regions on Earth. Harris's book reveals the latest insights into our relationships with our extinct cousins, the Neandertals and Denisovans, and describes where, when and to what extent we mated with them, probing the good and bad consequences of this.

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ISBN-13: 9780190941918
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 07/01/2019
Pages: 278
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Eugene E. Harris is Professor of Biological Sciences and Geology at the City University of New York and a Research Affiliate of the Center for the Study of Human Origins at New York University.

Table of Contents

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Chapter 1. Looks Can Be Deceiving
Chapter 2. Many Trees in the Forest: The DNA Quest to Find Our Closest Ape Relative
Chapter 3. The Great Divorce: How and When Did Humans and Chimpanzees Part Ways?
Chapter 4. A Population Crash in the Past
Chapter 5. What Can the Genome Tell Us about Being Human?
Chapter 6. The Genomic Origins of Modern Humans
Chapter 7. The Ongoing Evolutionary Journey
Chapter 8. Kissing Cousins-Clues in Ancient Genomes


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