Who We Are and How We Got Here

Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past

Recommended by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, and 1 others. See all reviews

Ranked #9 in Genetics, Ranked #36 in Biochemistrysee more rankings.

A groundbreaking book about how technological advances in genomics and the extraction of ancient DNA have profoundly changed our understanding of human prehistory while resolving many long-standing controversies.

Massive technological innovations now allow scientists to extract and analyze ancient DNA as never before, and it has become clear--in part from David Reich's own contributions to the field--that genomics is as important a means of understanding the human past as archeology, linguistics, and the written word. Now, in The New Science of the Human Past,...

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb AuthorI will write a longer review, but this is a monument, not just a book. And the beginning of a new cultural program. On a scale of 0 to 100, paternity tests count as 99.99 and written/oral history should count for .01. Apply that to populations. That’s plain statistics/probability. We are seeing science in action: information theory displaces BS, the handwaving just so stories we got from historians. (Source)

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