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    DescriptionVery little excites human curiosity quite so much as contemplating human origins. More than any other branch of science, evolution - and human evolution in particular - is fraught with controversy. Working from what is essentially the same data, schools of opinion have come to diametrically opposed conclusions. Are we adapted Neanderthals, or a new species altogether which wiped them out? Did the first Americans enter the continent 30,000 or 12,000 years ago? Did the Polynesians sail against wind and current to an unknown fate, or were they just blown across from South America while out fishing? Why do we speak different languages? Is it because language traces our biological history, or are the two things completely unrelated? Evolution, because it deals with a past that can never conclusively be known, was once ideal material for perpetual debate. Enter genetics with a completely new source of objective data. Surely these old questions would soon be settled one way or another. Or would they? Bryan Sykes brings together a world-class set of contributors to debate these questions. The result is eight lively essays, each of which offers a different opinion about what the links between genes, language, and the archaeological record can tell us about human evolution - and indeed, whether they can tell us anything conclusive at all. This stimulating and challenging book poses more questions than it offers answers, eschews jargon, and pursues controversy. Guaranteed to fascinate anyone who has ever wondered how the fossil record, the incredible diversity of human language, and our genetic inheritance might combine to give a glimpse of human origins.


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    Title
    The Human Inheritance
    Subtitle
    Genes, Language and Evolution
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Bryan Sykes
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 145 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 355 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780198502746
    ISBN 10: 0198502745
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.1
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    BIC subject category V2: PSAJ, PSX, PSAK
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T General Subject: 710
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SCI029000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16730
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 06
    LC subject heading: , , , ,
    DC22: 599.935
    B&T Approval Code: A60280000, A64300000
    BISAC V2.8: SCI027000, SOC002010
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 599.93/5
    LC classification: QH431 .H8374 1999
    DC21: 599.93
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: PSAK, PSX, PSAJ
    Illustrations note
    line illustrations
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    24 February 2000
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Dr. Bryan Sykes is based at the Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford OX3 9DS. Tel. 01865 222404 Fax 01865 222498 Email bsykes@molbiol. ox.ac.uk
    Review quote
    ' This is a thought-provoking and extremely readable book in which the arguments are uniformly cogent and the exemplifications admirable' Human Genetics
    Table of contents
    Introduction ; 1. Reflections on the archaeology of linguistic diversity ; 2. The fossil record of the evolution of Homo sapiens ; 3. Language classification: scientific and unscientific methods ; 4. Human evolution: our turbulent genes and why we are not chimps ; 5. Using genes to map population structure and origins ; 6. Ancient DNA ; 7. Language and genes in the Americas ; 8. Human genetic diversity and disease susceptibility