The Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry

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W. W. Norton & Company, May 17, 2002 - Science - 306 pages
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The national bestseller that reveals how we are descended from seven prehistoric women.

In 1994 Bryan Sykes was called in as an expert to examine the frozen remains of a man trapped in glacial ice in northern Italy for over 5000 years葉he Ice Man. Sykes succeeded in extracting DNA from the Ice Man, but even more important, writes Science News?, was his "ability to directly link that DNA to Europeans living today." In this groundbreaking book, Sykes reveals how the identification of a particular strand of DNA that passes unbroken through the maternal line allows scientists to trace our genetic makeup all the way back to prehistoric times葉o seven primeval women, the "seven daughters of Eve."
  

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Review: The Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry

User Review  - Judith - Goodreads

The first part of the book was interesting, as he reiterated his experience learning to use mitochondrial DNA to trace ancestry. It dragged in the middle as he tried to fabricate the lives of these ... Read full review

Review: The Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry

User Review  - Maggie Anton - Goodreads

Like many reviewers I thought the second half was more interesting and engaging than the first, though I pretty much learned most of this info before [and more entertainingly] from Auel's The Clan of ... Read full review

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Contents

Icemans Relative Found in Dorset
3
So What is DNA and What Does It Do?
22
From Blood Groups to Genes
32
The Special Messenger
52
The Tsar and I
63
The Puzzle of the Pacific
79
The Greatest Voyages
96
The First Europeans
108
The Seven Daughters
195
Ursula
202
Xenia
213
Helena
221
Velda
234
Tara
243
Katrine
252
Jasmine
260

The Last of the Neanderthals
116
Hunters and Farmers
131
We Are Not Amused
146
Cheddar Man Speaks
169
Adam Joins the Party
185
The World
271
A Sense of Self
287
Index
299
Copyright

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Bryan Sykes, professor of human genetics at Oxford University, pioneered the use of DNA in exploring the human past. He is also the founder and chairman of Oxford Ancestors (oxfordancestors.com), which helps individuals explore their genetic roots using DNA. He is the author of Saxons, Vikings, and Celts; The Seven Daughters of Eve, a New York Times bestseller; and Adam痴 Curse.

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