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the 10000 year explosion

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  • the 10000 year explosion

    “Important and fascinating . . . the provocative ideas in must be taken seriously


    The 10,000 Year Explosion


    by anyone who wants to understand human origins and humanity’s future


    .”—Wall Street Journal


    T HE


    1 0 , 0 0 0 Y E A R


    E X P L O S I O N


    H O W C I V I L I Z A T I O N


    A C C E L E R A T E D


    H U M A N E V O L U T I O N


    GREGORY COCHRAN and HENRY HARPENDING PRAISE FOR THE 10,000 YEAR EXPLOSION


    “Highly accessible . . . [Cochran and Harpending] ‘get it’


    when so many paleoanthropologist specialists don’t seem to . . .


    a revolutionary explanation for recent human evolution and


    biological variation.”—American Journal of Human Biology


    11 The 10,000 Year Explosion would be important even if it


    were only about population genetics and evolutionary biology,


    but Gregory Cochran and Henry Harpending ... have written


    something more. This book is a manifesto for and an example of


    a new kind of history, a biological history, and not just of the


    prehistoric era.”—SEED


    “It is work destined to launch a thousand careers.”—SEED


    “Cochran and Harpending’s book has provided the best exxad


    ample to date of what E. O. Wilson would recognize as conxad


    silient history: not history done just with science in mind or even


    done scientifically, but history done with human biology treated


    as an essential cause and effect of the stories that history tells, and


    as a key without which history cannot make sense.”—SEED


    “For anyone interested in human evolution, this book is an


    absolute must read.”—Choice


    “There is much here to recommend ... and their arguments


    are intriguing throughout. . . it’s clear that this lively, informaxad


    tive text is not meant to deceive (abundant references and a


    glossary also help) but to provoke thought, debate and possibly


    wonder.”—Publishers Weekly


    “A most intriguing deposition, without a trace of ethnic or


    racial advocacy, though directed against the proposition that


    we’re all the same.”—Booklist “Did human evolution come to a screeching halt 50,000


    years ago when Homo sapiens emerged from Africa, thus enxad


    suring the psychic unity of mankind? Don’t be silly, say the auxad


    thors of this latest addition to the fast-emerging discipline of


    biohistory. In clear prose backed by a wealth of hard data,


    Cochran and Harpending add a biological dimension to the


    history of our species and hammer another nail into the coffin


    lid of‘nothing but culture’ anthropology.”—


    -John Derbyshire,


    Prime Obsession


    author of


    “The 10,000 Year Explosion offers scientists and historians a


    new and fertile direction for future research and provides the genxad


    eral public with a better explanation of the past, present, and fuxad


    ture of human beings___I was motivated to read the entire book


    in a single marathon session.”—


    Bruce G. Charlton, MD,


    Professor ofTheoretical Medicine, University of Buckingham,


    Medical Hypotheses


    Editor in Chief of


    “For years, human geneticists have been uncovering a picture


    of human evolution. But now, Gregory Cochran and Henry


    Harpending are encouraging us to ‘fast forward’ the discussion.”


    Human Evolution


    —-John Hawks, author of


    “For generations, scientists have seen culture as slowing or


    halting evolution. In this lively and provocative book, Cochran


    and Harpending, interpreting recent genetic evidence, stick a stiff


    finger into the eye that holds that view. Their ideas will be inxad


    tensely controversial, but they cannot be ignored.”—


    Melvin


    The Tangled Wing The Jewish


    Konner, MD, PhD, author of and


    Body THE


    10,000 YEAR


    EXPLOSION T H E


    10,000 YEAR


    E X P L O S I O N


    HOW CIVILIZATION


    ACCELERATED HUMAN EVOLUTION


    Gregory Cochran and Henry Harpending


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    New York Copyright © 2009 by Gregory Cochran and Henry Harpending


    Hardcover edition first published in 2009 by Basic Books,


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    Designed by Pauline Brown


    Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data


    Cochran, Gregory.


    The 10,000 year explosion : how civilization accelerated human evolution


    / Gregory Cochran and Henry Harpending.


    p. cm.


    Includes bibliographical references and index.


    ISBN 978-0-465-00221-4 (alk. paper)


    1. Human evolution. 2. Genetics. I. Harpending, Henry. II. Title. III.


    Title: Ten thousand year explosion.


    [DNLM: 1. Evolution. 2. Hominidae. 3. Civilization. 4. Genome—


    genetics. GN 281.4 C663z 2009]


    GN281.4.C632 2009


    599.93'8—dc22


    2008036672


    Paperback ISBN 978-0-465-02042-3


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