The title The Great Human Diasporas implies that this book is a history of human migration, but it is much more. It is a readable, accessible summary of the lifework of Luca Cavalli-Sforza, who has done more than anyone else to reveal the genetic makeup of human populations. Originally written in Italian with Cavalli-Sforza's filmmaker son Francesco, it maintains some qualities of an interview: The Great Human Diasporas is full of anecdotes about the Pygmies with whom Cavalli-Sforza works, the text is frequently personal yet not self-serving, and it clearly shows how he helped tie together population genetics, linguistics, and anthropology to offer a new, non-racist view of human diversity.
Stanford geneticist Luigi Cavalli-Sforza has spent more than 30 years studying genetic variations in DNA samples from the people around the world. The evidence, he says, supports the belief that modern humans originated in Africa, the Middle East or both regions, then spread around the planet. In this lucid report, written with his son Francesco, an educational film director, he uses genetic differences, maps, computer simulations and an analysis of linguistic changes in the world's languages to hypothetically reconstruct the mass migrations of people across continents since modern humans first appeared. He begins this scientific odyssey with an account of his hunt with pygmies-one of the last remaining tribes of hunter-gatherers-in an African rain forest; then he discusses the spread of agriculture, cultural transmissions of behavior patterns, the Human Genome Project and the exceedingly slight differences among the races.
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Imagine a scientist, Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza, recounting his professional life to his son, Francesco Cavalli-Sforza, a creator and producer of educational films. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Normand Hamel
It is a good book for the general public about human population genetics and its evolution. Not a lot of technical details but fun to read.Published 11 months ago by W. YIP
a great review of the history and findings related to the genetic origins of modern manPublished 12 months ago by Richard G. Rawlins
The Great Human Diaspora tracks the development of humans from their origin to their spread around the globe. It's the time span that is so striking. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Marion T. Hill
My purchase to the The Great Human Diasporas: The History Of Diversity and Evolution cheap price, good quality, shipped on time in overall it was a good purchase!Published 21 months ago by Abdulsalaam Al-Abdli
There was a great vacuum on the migration theories that Cavalli Sforza and Jared Diamond are filling with careful research and plenty of relevant scientific data. Read morePublished on May 24, 2013 by Tirso Campos Santillan
The author is an expert in his field. Perhaps I was hoping for a work just a little less dry and bit more populist, something more in the Richard Dawkins vein.Published on March 7, 2013 by Dr Garry
This book is a good cure for insomnia. It was too heavy on charts and graphs, and too light on interesting research on intercultural connections, as observed in today's world.Published on February 20, 2013 by Old Lencho
This book contains valuable information, but it is arranged in a very chaotic way, so that one never knows where it is going, not only from chapter to chapter, but at times even... Read morePublished on July 27, 2011 by John Duncan