The Great Human Diasporas: The History of Diversity and Evolution

Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza, Author, Heather Mimnaugh, Editor, Francesco Cavalli-Sforza, With
Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza, Author, Heather Mimnaugh, Editor, Francesco Cavalli-Sforza, With Addison Wesley Publishing Company $27.5 (300p) ISBN 978-0-201-40755-6
Reviewed on: 01/31/2000
Release date: 02/01/2000
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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. (Jan.)
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