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The Human Inheritance: Genes, Languages, and Evolution: Genes, Language and Evolution [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Brian Sykes , Bryan Sykes

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25. November 1999
Very little excites human curiosity quite so much as contemplating human origins. More than any other branch of science, evolution - and human evolution in particular - is fraught with controversy. Working from what is essentially the same data, schools of opinion have come to diametrically opposed conclusions. Are we adapted Neanderthals, or a new species altogether which wiped them out? Did the first Americans enter the continent 30,000 or 12,000 years ago? Did the Polynesians sail against wind and current to an unknown fate, or were they just blown across from South America while out fishing? Why do we speak different languages? Is it because language traces our biological history, or are the two things completely unrelated? Evolution, because it deals with a past that can never conclusively be known, was once ideal material for perpetual debate. Enter genetics with a completely new source of objective data. Surely these old questions would soon be settled one way or another. Or would they? Bryan Sykes brings together a world-class set of contributors to debate these questions. The result is eight lively essays, each of which offers a different opinion about what the links between genes, language, and the archaeological record can tell us about human evolution - and indeed, whether they can tell us anything conclusive at all. This stimulating and challenging book poses more questions than it offers answers, eschews jargon, and pursues controversy. Guaranteed to fascinate anyone who has ever wondered how the fossil record, the incredible diversity of human language, and our genetic inheritance might combine to give a glimpse of human origins.

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' This is a thought-provoking and extremely readable book in which the arguments are uniformly cogent and the exemplifications admirable' Human Genetics

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Very little excites human curiosity quite so much as contemplating human origins. More than any other branch of science, evolution - and human evolution in particular - is fraught with controversy. Working from what is essentially the same data, schools of opinion have come to diametrically opposed conclusions. Are we adapted Neanderthals, or a new species altogether which wiped them out? Did the first Americans enter the continent 30,000 or 12,000 years ago? Did the Polynesians sail against wind and current to an unknown fate, or were they just blown across from South America while out fishing? Why do we speak different languages? Is it because language traces our biological history, or are the two things completely unrelated? Evolution, because it deals with a past that can never conclusively be known, was once ideal material for perpetual debate. Enter genetics with a completely new source of objective data. Surely these old questions would soon be settled one way or another. Or would they? Bryan Sykes brings together a world-class set of contributors to debate these questions.

The result is eight lively essays, each of which offers a different opinion about what the links between genes, language, and the archaeological record can tell us about human evolution - and indeed, whether they can tell us anything conclusive at all. This stimulating and challenging book poses more questions than it offers answers, eschews jargon, and pursues controversy. Guaranteed to fascinate anyone who has ever wondered how the fossil record, the incredible diversity of human language, and our genetic inheritance might combine to give a glimpse of human origins.


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We are, of course, as humans all members of one species, Homo sapiens sapiens, and the differences among us are really quite limited. Lesen Sie die erste Seite
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Not up to Bryan Sykes usual standards 20. Oktober 2011
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The Human Inheritance is a collection of papers presented at Wolfson College in the spring of 1997. The authors of these papers are certifiably gifted and on the cutting edge of the fascinating study of genetics. BUT this is NOT a worthwhile read for the average layperson. I've read (and loved) all of Bryan Sykes' books. He's a GREAT writer and teacher. His other works are clear, wildly interesting and absolutely for the novice...like me. This book was a huge disappointment. He didn't write but one of the chapters and the rest of the works had references to details and concepts they didn't explain (and wouldn't have to, to the audience they were addressing at the conference) making it a frustrating read that did nothing to help me understand "The Human Inheritance." I gave it two stars because it probably would be fine for someone with a genetics background. For everyone else, read Sykes' other books.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Human Inheritance - science presented as a thriller 26. April 2011
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Really great reading, like a police novel. I read it in a very short time. Mr. Sykes' style is easy enough for amateurs, full of the desire to share his own passion, just great! I can only recommend it.
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