The Great Human Diasporas: The History of Diversity and Evolution (Helix Books) Paperback – 16 Oct 1996
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Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforzais Emeritus Professor of Genetics at Stanford University Medical School. He is the author of a number of seminal scientific books.
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This is a fine book, and the translation from Italian seems to have generally worked very well-- except for the translator not being up to the legerdemain required to explain English pronounciations of cognate words from the languages and language groups, and the occasional use of "and" when "but" was in order. The book fails to make any mention of the climatic effects on geography that would influence these diasporas-- the glaciers and tundra to the North as they waxed and waned, the less distance by water the New Guinainas/Australians had to travel to become New Guinians/Australians due to lower water level and tectonic lift, the nicely watered pastoral fertility of the Shahara for most of early man's existence, etc. The book also does not use qualifiers when it should. I know it is the Strunkian style, but here it is incorrect and I believe may reflect a too simple mind-set of Caralli-Sforza's. There are a lot of mistakes along the lines of using "the first" when the truth is "the earliest we have found so far". And the evolutionary development of modern humans is surely a bushy tree filled with dead ends instead of the orderly simple tree anthropologists routinely present to us as proven fact. I blame the publisher and the editor, in this day of superb computer support, for not seeing to it that the all important maps were better detailed and in color.
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