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Ancestors in Our Genome: The New Science of Human Evolution

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In 2001, scientists were finally able to determine the full human genome sequence, and with the discovery began a genomic voyage back in time. Since then, we have sequenced the full genomes of a number of mankind's primate relatives at a remarkable rate. The genomes of the common chimpanzee (2005) and bonobo (2012), orangutan (2011), gorilla (2012), and macaque monkey ...more
Hardcover, 1st edition, 226 pages
Published December 1st 2014 by Oxford University Press (first published October 2014)
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Dec 23, 2014 Maitrey rated it really liked it
Shelves: science
Ancestors in our Genome was a great overview of cutting edge findings in the field of human genetics and evolution.

Harris frames the book by how closely we are related to our "nearest relatives". This makes the book somewhat chronological. Along the way, we discover our nearest ape relative, and how genetics helped us put this ancient controversy to bed (it's the chimp). Also, what do scientists do when they are studying genomes and the science behind it all. Ancestors in our Genome was really e
Elaine Aldred
Oct 20, 2014 Elaine Aldred rated it it was amazing
'Ancestors in Our Genome' is a comprehensive approach to the nuances of current genome studies and the implications that the study of genetic material has for the human population and the world around us. It is an excellent introductory book for those making the transition to studying life sciences in higher education. However, despite its clear explanations, it is not a book for a complete novice, because the reader must first have a firm grasp of the complex structure of DNA, its constituents ...more
Dec 06, 2014 Theresa rated it it was amazing
Ancestors in Our Genome: The New Science of Human Evolution
by Eugene E. Harris
I found this book to be very concise and personable to the general public. Taking a difficult topic of Genetics and placing it like Carl Sagan did the universe in the Cosmos series. It was so interesting that I had to purchase my own copy to continue diving into the subject. I learned many interesting facts that I may use in my research, and would highly recommend this book to those who question the ideas of Genetics,
Anurag Priyam
Jan 30, 2016 Anurag Priyam rated it it was amazing
It's a story of what we understand about our evolutionary past and how we came to those conclusions by studying the genome. The investigative writing style will appeal to all.
Ami Iida
homo sapience , chimpanzee, gorilla, orangutan
Exploring the genetic branch point.
Oct 24, 2015 Alger rated it it was amazing
A clearly stated and cheerful response to the morphology crowd in paleoanthropology. Until recently the only obvious method of characterizing evolutionary genealogies was through comparisons of form; essentially humans have a shape most similar to that of the apes, ergo humans are apes. To determine evolutionary decent then, the best outcome was to find a place for a fossil creature that fit well as an intermediary step between others on an evolutionary tree. This is how evolution was documented ...more
Tracey Dosch
Mar 07, 2015 Tracey Dosch rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2015
Biology professor review: This book made a good presentation of the role that genomics analysis is playing in the field of human and primate evolutionary biology. The book was well-organized and fairly easy to read, though the diagrams and hypothetical examples for explaining different scenarios could have been a bit clearer. While fundamental concepts were explained clearly, knowledge of DNA, meiosis and genetic recombination, population genetics, genetic drift, natural selection, and current ...more
SJ Seymour
Feb 21, 2015 SJ Seymour rated it it was amazing
Loved this scholarly epic published by the Oxford University Press, written by a respected leader in the academic field. It should be of great interest to genealogists, genetic genealogists, geneticists, anthropologists, archaeologists, biologists, biochemists, and anyone who would like to update their beliefs with the latest advances in trusted research about the human species. The author tells us what makes us human: our bipedal stature, upright heads, less sharpened teeth, and how we ...more
Kel Munger
Mar 02, 2015 Kel Munger rated it really liked it
Ancestors in Our Genome: The New Science of Human Evolution by Eugene E. Harris (Oxford University Press, $27.95).

Genetic research and DNA sequencing have opened up a wide field of uses, and one of those is population genetics, the use of genetic evidence to determine the movements of entire groups. In Ancestors in Our Genome: The New Science of Human Evolution, Eugene E. Harris, a professor at NYU who studies human origins, explains how the information encoded in our genetic heritage can precis
Per Kraulis
Mar 02, 2016 Per Kraulis rated it it was amazing
A very good description of the current state of science regarding our human and primate ancestors, from about 2 million years ago and to the present. Discusses the "out of Africa" hypothesis, the interaction between Homo sapiens and the Neanderthals, and the scientific theory and data behind it. Especially interesting for me was the description of the former battle between the fossil and the genetic approaches to paleontology, which has now basically been resolved in favour of genomes. However, ...more
Fred Kohn
Mar 13, 2015 Fred Kohn rated it it was ok
Shelves: science
It's been a while since I've read a good popular science book, and I expected to knock out this slim volume in a couple days; three at the most. Sadly, it wasn't very well written, and I had to set it down often. Don't get me wrong- the author is a top notch scientist, just not a top notch writer for general audiences. I did find the last half of the book easier to read than the first half.
David Kirchman
Oct 03, 2015 David Kirchman rated it really liked it
A fascinating account of human evolution with interesting asides about the using genomic data to gain insights into the human condition.
Dana Slaughter
Nov 21, 2015 Dana Slaughter rated it really liked it
Very good survey of the new methods and breakthroughs in our attempts at unraveling human evolution. Difficult for non-biologists.
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A great overview of how the science of genetics is being used to understand evolution
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