Together with Evolution of the Human Genome I, this book provides a general overview of the evolution of the human genome; the first book gave an overview the human genome with descriptions of important gene groups, this second book provides up-to-date, concise yet ample knowledge on the genome evolution of modern humans. It comprises twelve chapters divided into two parts discussing “Non-neutral Evolution on Human Genes” (Part I) and “Evolution of Modern Human Populations” (Part II).
The most significant feature of this book is the continent-wise discussion of modern human dispersal using human genomic data in Part II. Recent results such as introgression of paleogenomes to modern humans, new methods such as computer simulation of global human dispersals, and new information on genes for humanness will be of particular interest to the readers.
Since the euchromatin regions of the human genome was sequenced in 2003, a huge number of research papers were published on modern human evolution for a variety of populations. It is now time to summarize these achievements. This book stands out as the most comprehensive book on the modern human evolution, focusing on genomic points of view with a broad scope. Primary target audiences are researchers and graduate students in evolutionary biology.
Dr Naruya Saitou is a Professor in Population Genetics Laboratory at the National Institute of Genetics, and a concurrent professor in the Department of Genetics at the Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Mishima, Japan. He is also a Specially Appointed Professor in the School of Medicine, University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan and a concurrent professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Tokyo, Japan.