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planetmarshall on 19 Sep 2016
Been really enjoying this - particularly how the actual science of genetics sits opposed to our own preconceived notions of ancestry and race.

A quote -

"...itís compelling to see named individuals on documented family trees that date all the way back to the middle ages. But we know, via maths and genetics, that your ancestors were also settled in Italy in the tenth century as well, regardless of whether youíre Tom Conti, Eddie Izzard, President Obama, Richard Dawkins, Taylor Swift, Adolf Hitler, Pope Francis, Queen Elizabeth II, Madonna, Maradonna, Rabbi Jonathan Sachs, all four members of ABBA, my butcher or Charles Darwin."


Guardian Review -
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/sep/17/a-brief-history-of-everyone-who-ever-lived-by-adam-rut...
abseil on 19 Sep 2016
In reply to planetmarshall:

> Been really enjoying this - particularly how the actual science of genetics sits opposed to our own preconceived notions of ancestry and race....

I enjoyed it too - thanks for posting.

Here's a related 2006 article, which I enjoyed, called "So you think you're English?" from the Telegraph:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/expat/expatfeedback/4201967/So-you-think-youre-English.html
Gordon Stainforth - on 19 Sep 2016
In reply to abseil:

I've felt this intuitively for a long time, which why - although the Stainforth family seems about as Anglo-Saxon as they come - I've always regarded myself (to use a Nietzschean term) as 'a good European' rather than (purely, mythically) English.
malk - on 19 Sep 2016
planetmarshall on 19 Sep 2016
In reply to malk:

> any mention of the aquatic ape?

Not directly - but he does discredit the idea of an evolutionary 'tree', or that our evolutionary history was in any way 'linear' (eg, the popular image of modern humans passing through several stages of primate before reaching its modern state). For example, our genome shows that Homo Sapiens interbred with Homo Neanderthalis - and other human species - on multiple occasions throughout its early history.

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malk - on 19 Sep 2016
In reply to planetmarshall:

and similarly why not both trees->savannah and trees->water?
haven't read what Prof Roberts has to say yet mind..

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