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Simulations, Genetics and Human Prehistory309
Data from molecular genetics have changed our views on the origin, spread and timescale of our species across this planet. But how can we reveal more detail about the demography of ancient human populations? For example, is it possible to determine when and how many people arrived at a certain continent, and which route they took from a choice of geographically plausible options? One of the most promising tools for such investigation is computer simulation incorporating various demographic scenarios. The simulation outcomes must be evaluated by teams with archaeological expertise, since archaeological evidence is generally the best evidence currently available on the population histories of geographical regions. This book is a summary of the landmark conference held in Cambridge in 2005, where specialists in simulations and molecular genetics as well as archaeologists came together to present and evaluate the state of the art, and to discuss future possibilities.
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...a very interesting snapshot of different approaches being taken by researchers to using genetic evidence in the study of prehistory, and in routes that may lead to the development of more complex tools. The volume also includes a CD containing material relating to models discussed in one of the Chapters offering the reader the opportunity to consider and evaluate three simulated population history scenarios.' -- Journal of Archaeological Science Journal of Archaeological Science I have found, as I am sure most people will, that this book is appealing and enjoyable, and I am confident that it will be accessible to all. The book is written throughout in non-specialist language and covers such a vast range of fascinating topics that I think it is essential for everybody. It is written by scholars with on-going research in the field and with long histories of similar research and so you could not wish for a more well-informed text. The figures are very informative and are well utilized, offering an invaluable aid to the text. At $50 there is no excuse for not having this book in your collection.' -- Paleoanthropology Paleoanthropology
edited by Shuichi Matsumura, Peter Forster, and Colin Renfrew