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Author Krause, Johannes, 1980- author.

Title A short history of humanity : a new history of old Europe / Johannes Krause with Thomas Trappe ; translated by Caroline Waight.

Publication Info. New York : Random House, [2021]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Montrose Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  599.9094 KRA    Available
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Edition First US edition.
Description xi, 274 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
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Note Translation of: Reise unserer Gene.
Translated from the German.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents A new science is born -- Persistent immigrants -- Immigrants are the future -- Parallel societies -- Single young men -- Europeans find a language -- Refugee ships on the Mediterranean -- They bring the plague -- New World, new pandemics -- Conclusion: the global melting pot.
Summary "Krause is a pioneer in the revolutionary new science of archaeogenetics, archaeology augmented by revolutionary DNA sequencing technology, which has allowed scientists to uncover a new version of human history reaching back more than 100,000 years. Using this technology to re-examine human bones from the distant past, Krause has been able to map not only the genetic profiles of the dead, but also their ancient journeys. In this concise narrative he tells us their long-forgotten stories of migration and intersection. It's well known that many human populations carry genetic material from Neanderthals; but, as Krause and his colleagues discovered, we also share DNA with a newly uncovered human form, the Denisovans. We know now that a wave of farmers from Anatolia migrated into Europe 8,000 years ago, essentially displacing the dark-skinned, blue-eyed hunter-gatherers who preceded them. The farmer DNA is one of the core genetic components of contemporary Europeans and European Americans. Though the first people to cross into North and South America have long been assumed to be primarily of East Asian descent, we now know that they also share DNA with contemporary Europeans and European Americans. Genetics has an unfortunate history of smuggling in racist ideologies, but our most cutting-edge science tells us that genetic categories in no way reflect national borders. Krause vividly introduces us to prehistoric cultures such as the Aurignacians, innovative artisans who carved animals, people, and even flutes from bird bones more than 40,000 years ago; the Varna, who buried their loved ones with gold long before the Pharaohs of Egypt; and the Gravettians, big-game hunters who were Europe's most successful early settlers until they perished in the ice age. This informed retelling of the human epic confirms that immigration and genetic mingling have always defined our species and that who we are is a question of culture not genetics"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Human population genetics -- Europe.
Human remains (Archaeology) -- Europe.
Biomolecular archaeology -- Europe.
Human genetics.
Prehistoric peoples -- Europe.
Human beings -- Europe -- Migrations.
Paleoanthropology -- Europe.
Europe -- Antiquities.
Added Author Trappe, Thomas, author.
Waight, Caroline, translator.
Added Title Reise unserer Gene. English.
ISBN 9780593229422 hardcover
0593229428 hardcover
9780593229446 electronic book

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