The Seven Daughters of Eve by Bryan Sykes
The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry

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The national bestseller that reveals how we are descended from seven prehistoric women.

In 1994 Bryan Sykes was called in as an expert to examine the frozen remains of a man trapped in glacial ice in northern Italy for over 5000 years—the Ice Man. Sykes succeeded in extracting DNA from the Ice Man, but even more important, writes Science News?, was his "ability to directly link that DNA to Europeans living today." In this groundbreaking book, Sykes reveals how the identification of a particular strand of DNA that passes unbroken through the maternal line allows scientists to trace our genetic makeup all the way back to prehistoric times—to seven primeval women, the "seven daughters of Eve."

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Bryan Sykes, professor of human genetics at Oxford University, pioneered the use of DNA in exploring the human past. He is also the founder and chairman of Oxford Ancestors (, which helps individuals explore their genetic roots using DNA. He is the author of Saxons, Vikings, and Celts; The Seven Daughters of Eve, a New York Times bestseller; and Adam’s Curse.
Published December 20, 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company. 320 pages
Genres: Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical, Nature & Wildlife, History. Non-fiction

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The anthropological establishment at first denied the validity of his methods, but independent lines of DNA evidence confirmed his results, indicating that the Neolithic influx contributed only about 20 percent of the modern European genetic heritage.

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The Seven Daughters of Eve Bryan Sykes Bantam Press £18.99, pp306 Buy it at a discount at BOL Here is a simple tip for women wanting to establish a dynasty of their own: make sure you have at least two daughters, and hope this tendency to have female offspring lasts for generations.

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London Review of Books

In contrast to the bulk of the DNA carried in our cells, mitochondrial DNA is relatively uncomplicated and easy to study.

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