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History within : the science, culture, and politics of bones, organisms, and molecules

Author: Marianne Sommer
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2016.
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"Personal genomics services now offer what once was science fiction: the ability to sequence and analyze an individual's entire genetic code--promising, in some cases, facts about that individual's ancestry that may have remained otherwise lost. Such services draw on and contribute to the science of human population genetics that attempts to reconstruct the history of humankind, including the origin and movement of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Biography
Named Person: Henry Fairfield Osborn; Julian Huxley; L L Cavalli-Sforza
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marianne Sommer
ISBN: 9780226347325 022634732X
OCLC Number: 919341760
Description: viii, 544 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: History in bones: Henry Fairfield Osborn (1857-1935) at the American Museum of Natural History --
From visual memory to "racial soul" --
Paper ancestors or "a word-painting of the scene and of the man or woman" --
The hall of the age of man: the politics of building a site of phylogenetic remembrance --
Creative evolution, or man's struggle up Mount Parnassus --
History within between science and fiction --
History in organisms: Julian Sorell Huxley (1887-1975) at the London Zoo and other institutions --
If I were dictator: the modern synthesis, evolutionary humanism, and a superhuman memory --
Evolution in action: the zoo as a site of phylogenetic remembrance --
Scientific humanism in the extended zoo: history within as the basis of democratic reform --
Evolutionary humanism: planned ecology and world heritage management through the Colonial Office, Unesco, IUCN, and WWF --
The ascent of man defended --
History in molecules: Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza (1922- ) and the genographic network --
Human history as Brownian motion, or how genetic trees and gene maps draw things together --
Cultural transmission and progress --
The geography of "our heritage": from the human genome diversity project to the genographic project --
The genographic network: science, markets, and genetic narratives --
The genographics of unity in diversity.
Responsibility: Marianne Sommer.

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"Personal genomics services now offer what once was science fiction: the ability to sequence and analyze an individual's entire genetic code--promising, in some cases, facts about that individual's ancestry that may have remained otherwise lost. Such services draw on and contribute to the science of human population genetics that attempts to reconstruct the history of humankind, including the origin and movement of specific populations. Is it true, however, that who we are and where we come from is written into the sequence of our genomes? Are genes better documents for determining our histories and identities than fossils or other historical sources? Our interpretation of gene sequences, like our interpretation of other historical evidence, inevitably tells a story laden with political and moral values. Focusing on the work of Henry Fairfield Osborn, Julian Sorell Huxley, and Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza in paleoanthropology, evolutionary biology, and human population genetics, History Within asks how the sciences of human origins, whether through the museum, the zoo, or the genetics lab, have shaped our idea of what it means to be human. How have these biologically based histories influenced our ideas about nature, society, and culture? As Marianne Sommer shows, the stories we tell about bones, organisms, and molecules often change the world"--Jacket.

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