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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but out of date, 12 Jan 2011
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This review is from: The Incredible Human Journey (Paperback)
I enjoyed this book, but was mindful that recent genetic findings contradict some parts. The Out of Africa view appears predominantly correct, but has been recently modified by evidence of interbreeding with archaic populations.

In May 2010 there was a paper showing that humans of European and Asian descent have between 1 and 4 per cent of our genes from neanderthals.

Some paleoanthropologists have observed a continuity between the skulls of Australian Aborigines and some Southeast Asian erectine populations. And just prior to Christmas a paper came out showing 5% of the Melanesian genome is of Denisovan origin. They picked up significant amounts of genetic materials from the archaics - more than enough to pick up every noticeably adaptive allele. And there has certainly been time enough for adaptive alleles to increase in frequency so it will be interesting to see if anything else is found.
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Initial post: 1 Nov 2011 20:07:26 GMT
Scoob says:
So you enjoyed the book but only gave it 3 stars based on the fact that new evidence has come to light that wasn't known at the time of writing? Jeez....

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jan 2012 09:28:25 GMT
M. Kakkatil says:
Going by that rule, wonder how you will mark the Origin of Species now. Science will continue to evolve based on the discoveries and inventions, so IMHO I dont think it is fair to rate on the basis of latest information
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