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Relics of Eden: The Powerful Evidence of Evolution in Human DNA Paperback – March 23, 2010
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"What an exciting surprise! Instead of the usual embryos and fossils, Fairbanks uses new molecular evidence. And he zeros in on a major controversy, the origin of humans and our relation to other primates. The arguments are presented with unusual clarity and they are overwhelmingly convincing."
—James F. Crow, emeritus professor of genetics at the University of Wisconsin, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and author of Genetics Notes
"As Fairbanks sensibly reminds us, there is a time and place for science and for religion, both of which enrich the human experience. Anyone who is troubled by the seeming dichotomy between the two modes of inquiry may gain perspective and comfort from this fine book, which should be supplemental reading in every biology classroom." —Cecie Starr, author of Biology: The Unity and Diversity of Life
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Having been raised in a family of four generations of artists, Daniel is also a professional artist with commissioned work in sculpture, painting, and drawing on permanent exhibit in museum, public, and private collections, and published book illustrations. His diverse talents in art and science merge through artistic human anatomy, scientific illustration, and forensic sculpture. Daniel uses his skills as an artist to promote scientific awareness and education through live sculpture demonstrations.
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Fairbanks' interests lie in the DNA evidence: comparing human DNA with that of chimpanzees, orangutangs, and other animals. You'll gain a good understanding of transpons, retroelements, and pseudogenes, and how these can be used to analyze evolutionary processes: the evidence is as solid as fingerprints. The DNA makeup of the immediate common ancestor of both humans and chimpanzees, for example, can be deduced. Another interesting point that Fairbanks talks about is the using the diversity of current human DNA to determine human origins. The greatest diversity in the DNA of any species is at the point of origin. As people brought seeds, for example, to a new part of the world, they were bring mostly one strain--little diversity in the DNA. The greatest human diversity is in Africa: you can gather DNA and do not have to be in the field in Olduvai Gorge (the DNA work backs up Leakey's discoveries and work). Native American DNA matches most closely with Asians: this is further evidence for the land bridge and migration from Asia.
There are lots of diagrams of genes, DNA, and chromosomes to supplement a very well-written text. Fairbanks' work is a fine scientific complement to the field work of the Shubins, Leakeys, and others, and he makes a very compelling case.
In "Relics of Eden: The Powerful Evidence of Human Evolution in DNA" author Daniel J. Fairbanks unleashes an avalanche of data from the Human Genome Project, and other studies, that leave biblical creationists and c-design-proponentsists (of Dover vs. Kitzmiller infamy) without a fig leaf to cower behind.
"Relics" exclusively utilizes molecular evidence in lieu of fossils and fearlessly addresses the major controversy raging on the origins front of the talibanesque culture war - human evolution and our relationship to other primates - as expressed in the DNA of every person on earth. These relics are millions of non-coding segments of DNA, snippets of our genome that eloquently document common descent with uncommon clarity and incontrovertible evidence.
From chromosomal fusion and pseudogenes to retroelements and transposons the scientific reality of evolution is discussed in articulate, accurate and engaging prose alongside carefully designed illustrations that emphasize and illuminate key points.Read more ›
Fairbanks, writing from his perspective as a research geneticist, lays out in layman's language some of the basic building blocks for reconstructing the history of life on our planet from DNA. He proceeds to give the reader an overview of what DNA tells us about the interrelatedness of species. I found the book easy to read, and informative. Some of the early chapters (as he develops the building blocks of genetic understanding) are somewhat technical. But the payoff comes as he demonstrates how these bits of information are used to paint a remarkably consistent picture of our past.
The principle of common descent is no longer deniable in the face of DNA evidence. Either humans share a common ancestry with all living things, or the Creator went to a great deal of trouble to make it look that way, right down to the tiniest details of our DNA. If evolution did not happen, then the Creator is a trickster and a deceiver, and all science is rendered meaningless. Relics of Eden powerfully confirms this understanding (Fairbanks describes the mounting evidence as "spectacular").Read more ›
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Amazing book. A MUST read for anyone looking for some unbiased and relatively easy to understand info on evolution.Published 28 days ago by Joe Hainline
The origin of the species is recorded in our DNA, as well as in the fossil record, our anatomy, in the development of embryos, the geographic distribution of the species, the tree... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Thomas Wikman
Daniel Fairbank's book is an excellent and up-to-date (as of 2007) description and explanation of the multiple types of recent DNA evidence (fusions, fissions, inversions,... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Paul R. Bruggink
I recently saw a billboard just outside of Chicago with an evolution symbol (the design with the ape then the cave man, followed by the upright modern man) with a red slash across... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Brian Allen
Finding a way to communicate the recent discoveries in Genetics that establish evolution as undeniable presents a substantial challenge. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Richard G. Colling
The book is "Relics of Eden" and the author is Daniel J. Fairbanks. The theme of the book is DNA technology and in particular, how it proves that evolution is real. Read morePublished on August 25, 2013 by Ralph D. Hermansen
Fantastic read. This book digs deep into the building blocks of life in our DNA. Very easy to read and understand. Read morePublished on March 6, 2013 by elric
This is a quick read. It's very interesting to anyone who is interested in this area of science, and it's so reader friendly that even after many years since studying this... Read morePublished on December 20, 2012 by Sam
Previous 5-star reviewers have said all there is to say about this book. Fairbanks presents the evidence for evolution through the lens of a geneticist, focusing on everything from... Read morePublished on June 25, 2012 by B. Porpiglia