POPULAR SCIENCE AT ITS BEST: This book is very much in the vein of such popular science bestsellers as The Hidden Reality by Brian Greene, The Story of the Human Body by Daniel E. Lieberman, and The Future of the Mind by Michio Kaku.
PIONEERING HISTORIC WORK: Reich’s rigorous analysis of the ancient DNA has provided critical insights into the history of human biology, and he is widely recognized for his discovery of intermixing between Neanderthals and Homo sapiens (modern humans), which was a step change in human evolution studies. He has been described as “the world’s leading pioneer in analyzing ancient human DNA.”
LEADING SCIENTIST: A professor in the department of genetics at Harvard Medical School and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, David Reich was cowinner with Eugenie Reich of the highly prestigious, international science Dan David Prize in 2017. In a 2015 Nature magazine article, Reich was named one of the “10 People Who Matter” in all the sciences.
“Ancient DNA is rewriting human (and Neanderthal) history. The genomes of the long dead are turning up all sorts of unexpected and controversial findings. Who We Are and How We Got Here charts the myriad ways the study of ancient DNA is lobbing bombs into the halls of established wisdom.”—The Atlantic
“A thrilling account of mapping humans through time and place…. Genomics and statistics have drawn back the curtain on the sort of sex and power struggles you’d expect in Game of Thrones…. We do need a nonloaded way to talk about genetic diversity and similarities in populations. This book goes some way to starting that conversation.” —Nature
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