By Bryan Sykes

The nationwide bestseller that unearths how we're descended from seven prehistoric women.

In 1994 Bryan Sykes used to be known as in as a professional to envision the frozen continues to be of a guy trapped in glacial ice in northern Italy for over 5000 years―the Ice guy. Sykes succeeded in extracting DNA from the Ice guy, yet much more very important, writes Science News?, was once his "ability to without delay hyperlink that DNA to Europeans dwelling today." during this groundbreaking ebook, Sykes unearths how the identity of a specific strand of DNA that passes unbroken throughout the maternal line permits scientists to track our genetic make-up the entire as far back as prehistoric times―to seven primeval girls, the "seven daughters of Eve." illustrated and encompasses a map

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