Journals Higher Education



Published: 21 February 2019

368 Pages | 28 black and white images


ISBN: 9780198821267

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Who We Are and How We Got Here

Ancient DNA and the new science of the human past

David Reich

  • A gripping account, from the head of a world-leading lab, of the picture of human history and ancestry emerging from the revolution in the study of ancient DNA
  • Describes the evidence for ancient migrations and ghosts of long-lost populations, now revealed through comparing the genomes of ancient modern humans, archaic humans, and present-day populations
  • Considers what the latest research tells us about the often surprising ancestry of the people who now inhabit Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas
  • Shows how there are no 'pure' races: all modern human populations are mixtures of more ancient ones
  • Shares new insights into how human populations spread across the world, and makes a compelling argument that ancient DNA is fundamentally changing our picture of who we are

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