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Deep Ancestry is the story of us. Or the story of how scientists are figuring out the story of us.
Meant to be an introduction to the National Geographic's Genographic Project, Deep Ancestry
provides a summary of the complicated genetic discoveries being made by researchers every day.
Author Spencer Wells uses real life people's stories to introduce concepts like haplogroups and population genetics in order to break up the technobabble that cannot really be avoided without entirely dumbing down the ideas he's trying to convey.
A good chunk of the end of the book is a detailed appendix with entries describing each haplogroup (Y chromosome and mtDNA), including all the various markers that point the way to the groups earliest common ancestor. This section seems best suited to those who have purchased a DNA testing kit and want to research their test results.
 

Review: Deep Ancestry: Inside the Genographic Project

User Review  - Radiah - Goodreads

Enjoyable read about our origins. I thought the author did a good job explaining the science of the project to layman's terms. I was particularly fascinated with tracing the paths of the various haplogroups and their journeys to the four corners of the world. Read full review

Review: Deep Ancestry: Inside the Genographic Project

User Review  - Sharon - Goodreads

I found this book interesting, but I'm giving it a 3 because it seems outdated. This was written when the Genographic Project had samples from 10,000 people. Now they have samples from nearly a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Julie - Goodreads

Fascinating. Next I'll have to read DNA USA. Read full review

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User Review  - Whitley - Goodreads

Very accessible to a general audience, however not exactly what I had hoped. Read full review

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User Review  - Stella - Goodreads

Short, comprehensive, simple and written for beginners- what else can you ask from a book on a really complicated scientific project! I found it engrossing and I immediately purchased the National ... Read full review

Review: Deep Ancestry: Inside the Genographic Project

User Review  - Sheri Fresonke Harper - Goodreads

Everything you want to know about the Genographic Project and what it tells about human movements between continents over the ages. Read my review at: http://voices.yahoo.com/a-review-deep... Read full review

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User Review  - Stephen Cranney - Goodreads

Takes genealogy interest to a new level. Presents a lot of interesting information in a readable narrative format. Read full review

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User Review  - Christy Urban - Goodreads

Great book - very interesting. Read full review

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User Review  - Joe - Goodreads

I liked Wells' first book, Journey of Man, so much, I got this sequel. Not nearly as engaging, but still worth reading if you're fascinated in this stuff. Read full review


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