Harvard Science Book Talk: David Reich (Feb 27 @6:00PM)

February 12, 2019
Photo of Prof. David Reich and cover of the book "Who We Are and How We Got Here"


David Reich
Professor, Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School
Senior Associate Member, Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

"A Tale of Two Subcontinents: The Parallel Prehistories of Europe and South Asia"

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 @6:00PM
Science Center Hall C, One Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

The new technology of ancient DNA has highlighted a remarkable parallel in the prehistory of Europe and South Asia. In both cases, the arrival of agriculture from southwest Asia after 9,000 years ago catalyzed profound population mixtures of groups related to Southwest Asian farmers and local hunter-gatherers. In both cases, the spread of ancestry ultimately deriving from Steppe pastoralists had a further major impact after 5,000 years ago and almost certainly brought Indo-European languages. Mixtures of these three source populations form the primary gradients of ancestry in both regions today.

In this lecture, Prof. Reich will discuss his new book, Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past.

The talk is free and open to the public


Science Center Hall C


Cabot Science Library

The talks are sponsored by the Harvard FAS Division of Science, Cabot Science Library, and Harvard Book Store.
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