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Author Krause, Johannes, 1980- author.

Title A short history of humanity : a new history of old Europe / Johannes Krause with Thomas Trappe ; translated by Caroline Waight.

Publication Info. New York : Random House, [2021]


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Edition First US edition.
Description xi, 274 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Note "Originally published in Germany by Propyläen Verlag in 2019."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [243]-261) and index.
Contents A new science is born -- Persistent immigrants -- Immigrants are the future -- Parallel societies -- Single young men -- Europeans find a language -- Refugee ships on the Mediterranean -- They bring the plague -- New World, new pandemics -- Conclusion: the global melting pot.
Summary "In this eye-opening book, Johannes Krause, director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, and journalist Thomas Trappe offer a new way of understanding our past, present, and future. Krause is a pioneer in the revolutionary new science of archaeogenetics, archaeology augmented by revolutionary DNA sequencing technology, which has allowed scientists to uncover a new version of human history reaching back more than 100,000 years. Using this technology to re-examine human bones from the distant past, Krause has been able to map not only the genetic profiles of the dead, but also their ancient journeys. In this concise narrative he tells us their long-forgotten stories of migration and intersection. It's well known that many human populations carry genetic material from Neanderthals; but, as Krause and his colleagues discovered, we also share DNA with a newly uncovered human form, the Denisovans. We know now that a wave of farmers from Anatolia migrated into Europe 8,000 years ago, essentially displacing the dark-skinned, blue-eyed hunter-gatherers who preceded them. The farmer DNA is one of the core genetic components of contemporary Europeans and European Americans. Though the first people to cross into North and South America have long been assumed to be primarily of East Asian descent, we now know that they also share DNA with contemporary Europeans and European Americans. Genetics has an unfortunate history of smuggling in racist ideologies, but our most cutting-edge science tells us that genetic categories in no way reflect national borders. Krause vividly introduces us to prehistoric cultures such as the Aurignacians, innovative artisans who carved animals, people, and even flutes from bird bones more than 40,000 years ago; the Varna, who buried their loved ones with gold long before the Pharaohs of Egypt; and the Gravettians, big-game hunters who were Europe's most successful early settlers until they perished in the ice age. This informed retelling of the human epic confirms that immigration and genetic mingling have always defined our species and that who we are is a question of culture not genetics"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Human population genetics -- Europe.
Human remains (Archaeology) -- Europe.
Biomolecular archaeology -- Europe.
Human genetics.
Prehistoric peoples -- Europe.
Human beings -- Europe -- Migrations.
Paleoanthropology -- Europe.
Europe -- Antiquities.
Antiquities. (OCoLC)fst00810745
Biomolecular archaeology. (OCoLC)fst01763661
Human beings -- Migrations. (OCoLC)fst00962853
Human genetics. (OCoLC)fst00963075
Human population genetics. (OCoLC)fst00963201
Human remains (Archaeology) (OCoLC)fst00963213
Paleoanthropology. (OCoLC)fst01051317
Prehistoric peoples. (OCoLC)fst01075242
Europe. (OCoLC)fst01245064
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology.
HISTORY / World.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural & Social.
Added Author Trappe, Thomas, author.
Waight, Caroline, translator.
Added Title Reise unserer Gene. English.
Other Form: Online version: Krause, Johannes, 1980- Reise unserer Gene. English Short history of humanity. First edition New York : Random House, [2021] 9780593229446 (DLC) 2020043749
ISBN 9780593229422 (hardcover)
0593229428 (hardcover)
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