A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes

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Nothing less than a tour de forcea heady amalgam of science, history, a little bit of anthropology and plenty of nuanced, captivating storytelling.The New York Times Book Review

In our unique genomes, every one of us carries the story of our speciesbirths, deaths, disease, war, famine, migration, anda lotof sex.

But those stories have always been locked awayuntil now.

Who are our ancestors? Where did they come from? Geneticists have suddenly become historians, and the hard evidence in our DNA has blown the lid off what we thought we knew. Acclaimed science writer Adam Rutherford explains exactly how genomics is completely rewriting the human storyfrom 100,000 years ago to the present.

A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Livedwill upend your thinking on Neanderthals, evolution, royalty, race, and even redheads. (For example, we now know that at least four human species once roamed the earth.) Plus, here is the remarkable, controversial story of how our genes made their way to the Americasone thats still being written, as ever more of us have our DNA sequenced.

Rutherford closes with A Short Introduction to the Future of Humankind, filled with provocative questions that were on the cusp of answering: Are we still in the grasp of natural selection? Are we evolving for better or worse? And . . . where do we go from here?