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Genes, Peoples and Languages

By: Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza

228 pages, Figs, maps

Penguin Books

Paperback | Aug 2012 | #124016 | ISBN-13: 9780140296020
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Paperback | Apr 2001 | #118342 | ISBN: 0520228731
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Hardback | Dec 2000 | #115755 | ISBN: 071399486X
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Fine overview by the father of human historical genetics, who was among the first to ask whether the genes of modern populations contain a historical record of the human species. Genes, Peoples, and Languages comprises five lectures that serve as a summation of the author's work over several decades, the goal of which has been nothing less than tracking the past hundred thousand years of human evolution.
`Cavalli-Sforza and his colleagues have now given historical anthropology sophisticated tools to look at human variation, and to read that variation as a 'text' of human history.' Patrick V. Kirch, Nature
`A thoroughly readable account of some of the most fascinating ideas around.' New Scientist


Genes and history; a walk in the woods; of Adam and Eve; technological revolutions and gene geography; genes and languages; cultural transmission and evolution.

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Cavalli-Sforza was born in Genoa in 1922 and has taught at the universities of Cambridge, Parma and Pavia. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Genetics at Stanford University. He is the author of THE HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY OF THE HUMAN GENE.

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