The Seven Daughters of Eve

The Seven Daughters of Eve

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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--the 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--to seven primeval women, the "seven daughters of Eve."
Publisher: New York : Norton, 2001.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780393323146
9780393020182
0393020185
Branch Call Number: 599.935 Sykes 2001
Characteristics: x, 306 p. :,ill., map ;,25 cm.

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msw44
Jun 04, 2015

Informative and neat.

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CMcC
Apr 07, 2013

The subject of DNA and our past sounds scientific and heavy but the author who did the science is also a great popular writer. He made the science reasonably understandable while using great anecdotes about the research work to make you feel you were at least a fly on the wall. And to read the conclusion that somewhere in the not too distant past there was one woman who was our mother. Who would have thought of that :-)

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doroschelch
Jul 22, 2012

Fascinating account of the history of DNA tracking all the way back to the seven women every European is related to genetically. Bryan Sykes manages to write about seemingly dry and boring scientific details in a way that you think you are reading a thriller!

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RonNasty64
Apr 15, 2010

What a remarkable book. Who would have thought that a book about mitochondrial DNA would be a real page burner? Mitochondrial DNA is scientific proof of the bond not just between mother and child but all mothers to all their grand children. This will eventually be the new Heraldry.

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msw44
Jun 04, 2015

Polynesians came from SE Asia, not from South America. Neolithic Farmers did not displace Europeans; for the most part, the ideas of the Agricultural Revolution spread
to the people already living in Europe and the native populations grew as a result.
About 17% of European mtDNA does come from Neolithic farmers who moved in.

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RonNasty64
Apr 15, 2010

By the time I had planned the return trip, and persuaded the Royal Society to pay for it -- after all, they had paid for Cook's first voyage to Tahiti, as I pointed out in my application.

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