The 10,000 Year Explosion
How Civilization Accelerated Human EvolutionBook - 2009
Resistance to malaria. Blue eyes. Lactose tolerance. What do all of these traits have in common? Every one of them has emerged in the last 10,000 years. Scientists have long believed that the "great leap forward" that occurred some 40,000 to 50,000 years ago marked the end of significant biological evolution in humans. In this original account of our evolutionary history, top scholars Gregory Cochran and Henry Harpending reject this conventional wisdom and reveal that the human species has undergone a storm of genetic change much more recently. Human evolution in fact accelerated after civilization arose, they contend, and these ongoing changes have played a pivotal role in human history.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, , ©2009
Branch Call Number: 599.938 Co
Description: xii, 288 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Ten thousand year explosion