Those who are curious about, how science works, how human evolution could have progressed and how majority of humans can be linked to seven women, this book is a must read. The amount of speculation was enormous especially in origin of Polynesians, movement of neo-paleolithic peoples, and dating of the clusters. Who wouldn´t be interested to know that everyone in modern day Europe was born of seven mothers: seven clan heads who had no idea they were mothering the entire continent? Ursula , Xenia , Helena, Velda, Tara, Katrine and Jasmine. The seven daughters of Eve are not sisters or even contemporaries. Anyway, I liked the book because I appreciated the authors humor and I found the whole idea of tracing our genealogy back so far extremely interesting.
The second coincided with the last Great Ice Age, when the land was above sea level between twenty-five and thirteen thousand years ago. In other words, I didn't feel like I was being talked down to but I did feel like I understood all of the important mechanisms described in the book. First published as a Norton paperback 2002. The author makes it clear in his book, that these seven women were not the only women of their times. I really liked the rest of the book.
This is a really interesting read. Includes sites in Germany, Italy, Russia, Morocco and more. Also, he explains that they were ancestors by maternal lineages only. Before me, in the dim light, all the people who have ever lived are lined up, rank upon rank, stretching far into the distance. His scientific explanations were sound. Her clanventured north, but many are still to be found in the Alps. News of both the Ice Man's discovery and his age, which was put at over five thousand years, fascinated scientists and newspapers throughout the world.
ÃƒÂ¡I only wish that 1. I didn't find it particularly well-written or engrossing and I really didn't enjoy the fictional bits. Bryan Sykers does a brilliant job of bringing to life the thousands of ancestors that stand behind us and build up a picture of who we are. Big can of worms though. I only picked this up as my daughter borrowed a selection of science books for her studies, but I read the synopsis and thought it sounded intriguing myself. It is fascinating and mind-boggling to imagine that as few as seven women could be ancestors of a whole continent of Europe. The Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry.
Originally more formally identified by letters, these older designations are simply assigned by S ykes to female names -- U becoming Ursula, X Xenia, and so on. It exists not inside the nucleus, but in the cell. ÃƒÂ¡So it's not the book's fault it's old; it's mine for not reading it sooner. Professor Skyes explains that he is only gathering the known data known from the different sciences and constructing a fictional story so that we may identify with each daughter. Ursula Ursula lived about 45,000 years ago in Northern Greece. The first three quarters of this book were packed full of genetics, human biology, anthropology, and even a little archeology and geography. For example, haplogroup J Jasmine is not the only one associated with the origin and spread of agriculture form the Near East to Europe; but in The Seven Daughters of Eve, it is the only one mentioned.
. ÃƒÂ¡Write conversationally, but without forced wit. Nonetheless his venom and spite may be the most entertaining part of this book. Not earthshaking stuff, but interesting nevertheless. If you wish to stimulate debate, challenge the content or respond to requests for help, then , may be the place to do it. It is very well written.
How mind boggling is that? This means the mitochondria in you comes unchanged from your mother. Interesting science, which I don't totally understand but it goes something like this. I am on a stage. They should have gotten a prize for deceiving others, that was their real genius. He spends a lot of time proving that the Polynesians came from Taiwan. He answered questions from members of the audience. There are certainly people who live in Japan and Tibet, but there is no genetic meaning to the population of Tibet or Japan, taken as a whole.
Before he undertook this analysis he had already provided solutions through genetic analysis to several long-standing anthropological problems: 1 Identifying the last Russian Tsar and his family members and rejecting Anna Anderson's claim to be the daughter Anastasia; 2 Showing the Asian ancestry of inhabitants of Pacific Islands and rejecting Thor Hyerdahl's theory that they came from South America; and 3 Establishing that the Neanderthal line did indeed die out. July 9 Forecast: Sykes is a bit of a celebrity geneticist, as he was involved in identifying the remains of the last Romanovs. But what made Sykes's story particularly revelatory was his successful identification of a genetic descendant of the Ice Man, a woman living in Great Britain today. The first 250pages are the non-fiction journey to the discovery, where the author discusses the research, the journey, publication and having to defend the research against critics and newer studies, and it's a fascinating insight into the world of scientific research. A heart features on many Douglas family coats of arms, cests etc, including the one at the top of this page. What made Sykes's story particularly revelatory was his successful identification of a genetic descendent of the Ice Man, a woman living in Great Britain today. This book was misleading at best and straight-up reification of abstract concepts at worst.
Fascinating and written with humour and not too much jargon. My feeling is the publishers thought there wasn´t enough information in the first book - the discovery part - to leave it as a standalone. It is still a fascinating work and makes us think how genetics can help archeology in reconstructing our past. This fame, plus his startling conclusions augmented by a five-city tour should generate publicity and sales among science, archeology and genealogy buffs. There are seven such haplogroups and thus, seven letters among people of European descent — U, K, H, V, X, T, and J. The dust jacket for hard covers may not be included. A with definitions, origin, distribution, and how to participate.
Why did this section seem relatively unsuccessful? Had the book lacked this superfluous section, I would have given it four stars instead of three. Ultimately, Sykes's investigation reveals that, as a race, what humans have in common is more deeply embedded than what separates us. ÃƒÂ¡Even there, though, were some interesting ideas. To bring them to life for his readers, Sykes gave them names to match their haplogroup letter. These seven types have been given letter names for scientific study. Not all Douglases have been goody goodies - read about horse theives, and others.