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The History and Geography of Human Genes

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Hailed as a breakthrough in the understanding of human evolution, The History and Geography of Human Genes offers the first full-scale reconstruction of where human populations originated and the paths by which they spread throughout the world. By mapping the worldwide geographic distribution of genes for over 110 traits in over 1800 primarily aboriginal populations, the a ...more
Paperback, abridged edition, 432 pages
Published August 25th 1996 by Princeton University Press (first published 1994)
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Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un grande libro che descrive i risultati di decenni di lavoro relativi alla genetica delle popolazioni, materia di cui gli autori sono tra i principali esponenti mondiali. Libro oggi un po' datato perché nel frattempo sono intervenuti i dati sul DNA (mentre questo libro si basa sui componenti dell'analisi del sangue), mantiene però un incredibile fascino metodologico e mostra una capacità interpretativa veramente unica. Inoltre, a parte qualche interpretazione poi rivista successivamente sulla b ...more
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Now-outdated but essential in the history of population genetics.
Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely stunning. The result of over 30 years' work by hundreds of scientists. A must for any historian, anthropologist, linguist or paleontologist. Should be of great interest to any scientist.

The authors have applied sophisticated statistical analysis to the evidence from samples of blood taken from thousands of people around the world. It is amazing how much information is teased out. Huge amounts of computing time were required.

They look at dozens of alleles (minor mutations) which can be
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It is a book of great value. Actually, it is easy to read, but it is not a popular work. In fact it is a complex and detailed research project, which provides a key point of reference for students and specialists of biology, anthropology, evolutionary psychology, history, paleontology, linguistics, archaeology, etc. I mean, all of those people who scientifically study the history and the development of homo sapiens. Because of its nature, though, this book has an analytical and schematic approac ...more
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