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Interesting science, but weird ideology,
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry (Gebundene Ausgabe)
In this book, Sykes tells the story how he became a renowned expert for analysing the mitochondrial DNA in ancient human remains, and how he analysed the matrilinear relationship of some living persons. Some necessary background from biology follows; then the author sets out the (matrilinear) ancestral tree of mankind. Most of this is quite interesting, although the viewpoint is sometimes too personal: I would have preferred to hear how Sykes' work can be related to that one of others, over being told that he won a scientific battle against someone at a conference.
But the worst (and main) part of the book is still to come: seven "biographies" of those women who were the (matrilinear) ancestors of all Europeans. While these women have really existed, there is no point in inventing names and biographies for them: each gene had its first bearer, but who would write a story about "the first man who was rhesus-negative" ? But this is just to create an emotional feeling among the readers, as explained in he last chapter: all matrilinear descendants of each of the seven women form a "clan" of their own, and should have warm feelings for their great great...grandmother, and feel for each other like brothers and sisters. The author's website offers a DNA analysis: pay a few hundred euros and find out which "clan" you belong to. I do reject: it is cheaper to have warm feelings for the billions of brothers and sisters who have the same blood group as me.