This book is an indispensable one. At the height of sales and success across the Atlantic, it was released in 2018 in the United States, under the title Who we are and How we got here. Translated into French in November 2019 under the title How We Became What We Are, its subtitle is The New Story of Our Origins Revealed by Ancient DNA; it is published by Quanto. It is expected to have some success in France. It will be of interest to geneticists as well as historians, archaeologists, paleontologists, population history researchers, and even linguists. It reads like a historical novel, well documented and constructed. It provides a snapshot of our knowledge of the past, the richness of our identities, and provides an overview of the contributions of genetic research.
Thanks to the rapid advances in genetic technologies, it becomes possible to extract and interrogate the ancient DNA of fossil remains to reveal the successive waves of incessant and forgotten migrations. We are now the bearers of this heritage.
David Reich's team has been at the forefront of these discoveries, which discover everything that genetics says about us and our unknown ancestors If the book definitively buries the idea of racial purity, ancient DNA reveals deep inequalities between populations, genders and individuals and biological differences between human beings.
The human adventure appears under greater coherence and can no longer be represented by a common family tree but rather as a mesh where peoples have crossed several times and weaved the veil of our origins. After studying the origins of our species, he followed his path to observe the sudden emergence of genomic inequalities in Europe, India, America, Asia and Africa, and wonder what genomics tells us about race and identity. In How We Became What We Are, David Reich tells the timeless story of our species, as lived by our ancestors, and as it still lives deep today.
This book is available for 23.25 euros on the publisher's website or at your best bookseller.