The 10,000 Year Explosion

The 10,000 Year Explosion

How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution

eBook - 2009
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Resistance to malaria. Blue eyes. Lactose tolerance. What do all of these traits have in common? Every one of them has emerged in the last 10,000 years. Scientists have long believed that the "great leap forward" that occurred some 40,000 to 50,000 years ago in Europe marked end of significant biological evolution in humans. In this stunningly original account of our evolutionary history, top scholars Gregory Cochran and Henry Harpending reject this conventional wisdom and reveal that the human species has undergone a storm of genetic change much more recently. Human evolution in fact accelera.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©2009
ISBN: 9780465020423
0465020429
9780465002214
0465002218
9780786727506
0786727500
0465005039
9780465005031
0465020429
9780465020423
9781282788695
1282788698
Characteristics: data file,rda
1 online resource (xii, 288 pages) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Harpending, Henry
Alternative Title: Ten thousand year explosion

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Aug 11, 2017

It is not at all clear to me why any-one would think that human evolution stopped with the emergence of anatomically modern forms some 70 ka ago, but this book should dispel any such doubts. Most interesting of all is the final section on evolution of exceptional intelligence in specific non-intermarrying religious groups. One almost gets the impression that this was the reason for writing the book, the rest being more mundane introduction to the subject.

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