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In 1994 Professor Bryan Sykes, a leading world authority on DNA and human evolution, was called in to examine the frozen remains of a man trapped in glacial ice in northern Italy. News of both the Ice Man's discovery and his age, which was put at over 5,000 years, fascinated scientists and newspapers throughout the world. But what made Sykes's story particularly revelatory was his successful identification of a genetic descendant of the Ice Man, a woman living in Great Britain today. How was Sykes able to locate a living relative of a man who died thousands of years ago?
In The Seven Daughters of Eve, he gives us a firsthand account of his research into a remarkable gene, which passes undiluted from generation to generation through the maternal line. After plotting thousands of DNA sequences from all over the world, Sykes found that they clustered around a handful of distinct groups. Among Europeans and North American Caucasians, there are, in fact, only seven.
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By KMcHenry on 04-27-18
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, especially if you are interested on where humans came from. I have wanted to read this book for years but did not make the time until I did 23andMe. I wanted to learn more about maternal haplogroups. I recently started utilizing audible books so I can multi-task (clean, drive, etc). I found this to be easy to listen to and I do not drift off like I have with other books.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No. Too much information. It is better to listen in multiple sittings.