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The 10,000 Year Explosion by Gregory Cochran
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Mar 24, 2012

really liked it

Fascinating and well written book . . .was ancient man of 10,000 years ago a significantly different creature than a man of today because of changing genes, not just changing culture? These authors (a physicist) and an anthropologist say yes; that indeed culture and increasing population size is accelerating genetic change, not slowing it down. There's 7 chapters covering various topics (possible Neanderthal gene contribution, medical evolution, etc.)in just 227 pages, plus notes and sources. I didn't realize that blue eyes and lactose tolerance were very recent genetic changes or that lactose tolerance would be such an advantage. These ideas are usually presented as "liklihoods", not as certainties, and I know some of them are controversial. This isn't a book meant to prove the theories either but it is great fun to read and opens up different ways of thinking about the past and the future.

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