Cavalli-Sforza – recommended reading?

by designershoesblog on August 28, 2010 · 1 comment

I’m interested in genes – in particular I’m interested in the migration of people and genetic diversity across the globe. I have no background knowledge on the subject and I would like to know what kind of books I should read first to understand works by such authors as Cavalli-Sforza. I’m talking about really basic books that cover topics like (I’m guessing) MtDna, chromosomes, haplogroups, etc.

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marileigh August 28, 2010 at 04:27

To get a detailed introduction to genetics you’d probably want to start with a genetics textbook. This is good without the expense of most textbooks: http://www.amazon.com/Schaums-Outline-Genetics-Fifth/dp/0071625038/ref=sr_1_18?s=STORE&ie=UTF8&qid=1282283222&sr=1-18

There are some popular science books on the topic of human genetic history and phylogeography that you could also start with. A good and recent one is Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of our Ancestors, by Nicolas Wade: http://www.amazon.com/Before-Dawn-Recovering-History-Ancestors/dp/014303832X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1282282276&sr=1-1

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