Ancestral DNA, Human Origins, and Migrations describes the genesis of humans in Africa and the subsequent story of how our species migrated to every corner of the globe. Different phases of this journey are presented in an integrative format with information from a number of disciplines, including population genetics, evolution, anthropology, archaeology, climatology, linguistics, art, music, folklore and history. This unique approach weaves a story that has synergistic impact in the clarity and level of understanding that will appeal to those researching, studying, and interested in population genetics, evolutionary biology, human migrations, and the beginnings of our species.
- Integrates research and information from the fields of genetics, evolution, anthropology, archaeology, climatology, linguistics, art, music, folklore and history, among others
- Presents the content in an entertaining and synergistic style to facilitate a deep understanding of human population genetics
- Informs on the origins and recent evolution of our species in an approachable manner
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Chapter 1: The Nature of Evolution
Chapter 2: Early Hominins
Chapter 3: Origin of Modern Humans
Chapter 4: The Exodus Out of Africa
Chapter 5: The Settlement of the Near East
Chapter 6: Neanderthals, Denisovans, and Hobbits
Chapter 7: Dispersals Into India
Chapter 8: The Occupation of Southeast Asia, Indonesia, and Australia
Chapter 9: The Austronesian Expansion
Chapter 10: From Africa to the Americas
Chapter 11: The Bantu Expansion
Chapter 12: Modern Humans in Europe
Chapter 13: The Agricultural Revolutions
Chapter 14: The Silk Roads
Dr. Rene Herrera holds degrees from The City College of the City University of New York (BS), New York University (MS) and Fordham University (Ph.D). He continued his studies in molecular biology/genetic engineering as a post-doctoral associate at The Rockefeller University and New York Medical College. His areas of research include mechanisms underlying control of gene expression at the pre-mRNA splicing level, human evolution and human forensic DNA fingerprinting. He is a frequent contributor to journals in the field of human genetics. Dr. Herrera has established collaborative efforts with several leading scientists worldwide attesting to his philosophy of expanding the reaches of his research. His commitment to creating a professional foundation for future scientific generations has led him to contribute to the education of numerous students as a mentor. A total of 15 Ph.D. and 41 M.S. students obtained their degree under his supervision and hundreds of undergraduate students have benefited from his guidance in conducting research. He is an author of over 200 full length articles.
Ralph Garcia-Bertrand is a Professor of Genetics in the Molecular Biology Department at Colorado College. He holds degrees from the University of Nevada (BS, MS), and The University of California, Riverside (PhD). He continued his studies as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Genetics, at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on human population genetics and evolution. Dr. Garcia-Bertrand has won several teaching awards and has been the Director of undergraduate education programs funded by IBM, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the Freeman Foundation. He has been a subcommittee member for various NIH research, educational, and underrepresented student programs for over 22 years. He is a lifetime member of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, and the National Association of Biology Teachers. He teaches general and advanced genetics, human evolution, and a course on the ethics of genetics.