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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent new survey of British DNA
The book summarizes the state of knowledge of the genetic makeup of Scotland. Beyond that, it is actually a very welcome new summary of what is known of the DNA of the British Isles in general. Nice concise survey of Neanderthal DNA and the modern human out-of-Africa bottleneck, and then descriptions of the various waves of migration to Scotland, the rest of Britain, and...
Published on 1 Mar 2011 by James Honeychuck

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Exactly a Genetic Journey
The authors places a great deal of emphasis on the earliest peoples to inhabit the British isles after giving a brief introduction to the science of genetics. The earliest genes are the most tell tale genetically and so the reader is treated to stories and speculation regarding the prehistoric peoples that inhabited Britain before and after the last ice age. There is, of...
Published on 9 July 2012 by Quentin D. Stewart


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5.0 out of 5 stars Tracing your origins, 28 Feb 2012
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Fascinating content, if somewhat erratically written. The book brings into question all the 'facts' the Victorians believed to indicate our origins, and contains some real, innovative research results.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scots on the move - in and out, 30 Mar 2011
Entertaining history of people movement, influences on the Scots population, summarising newly discovered data, with an understandable angle for the non-scientist. The man himself gives a good lecture on his theme and works with a genuine geneticist.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Genetic Journey, 16 Jun 2014
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This is the first book I have read on Scottish history from the perspective of DNA origins. It was very interesting. It would have been good go see more on the genetic origins of some of the oldest Scottish families. I am sure as DNA science evolves we will learn much more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DNA, 30 Mar 2014
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This book is a fascinating journey through the history of DNA especially pertaining to the genetic makeup of my little country , so inspiring that I have sent a sample of mine away for testing !
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Scots: A Genetic Journey, 9 Dec 2013
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Pretty good read, but not exactly as expected. It received considerable publicity when launched and prices for a scan of one's genetic coding seem to be rising...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Journey, 13 Nov 2013
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Quite a slow methodical read with lots of info to assimilate but informative and compelling. Much new and surprising about our past.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another angle on the history of the Scots, 9 Dec 2012
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Alistair Moffat keeps rewriting his history of Scotland and the Scots in various different books, and this one brings in the ideas of Genetic identity and inheritance which makes for a new angle - but if you have already read two or more of his previous books, it probably won't tell you a lot more than you knew already. (He's a good story teller with lots of anecdotes, but the same anecdotes do tend to keep appearing in successive books.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Book, 21 April 2012
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A good run though of Scottish history while discussing DNA. Easy to read. Discusses the various enthic groups that make up modern day Scotland.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Scots: A Genetic Journey, 3 Oct 2012
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Excellent telling of the ancient story of human history through tracing the genetic traits of people in Scotland. From the great migration out of Africa, Moffat and Wilson depict an intriguing story of how various people came to the land we now call Scotland and how their interactions helped to shape the modern nation.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Genetic Disapointment, 23 Jun 2012
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Having read several books about tracing our ancestors through DNA, they tend to fall into two camps. The scientific one which is full of academic jargon. Or the simplistic one which is far too general.

This one initially seemed to solve the dilemma. An interesting use of analogies to prehistoric people, mostly outside Scotland. Well-written, if from a slightly generalistic or superficial angle.

I really enjoyed this book until about a third of the way through when the analogies just became very silly. Druids, Celtic gods and lunar calendars.

After the promising start, I simply abandoned it - don't be fooled by the interesting introduction.
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