For all my love of historic museums, I always tend to breeze through the prehistoric rooms.
These items just don't speak to me. That I read Bojs's book at all is because it was recommended to me by a generally trustworthy person. (My dad, if you must know. Dads know everything, that's a fact of life.)
Sure enough, this was as interesting as it was well-penned!
A seasoned and awarded science journalist, she diligently slips from her present day genealogical research to way back (54.000 years back) and then cruises forward in history, lavishly presenting us with recent DNA-research results, their conclusions and her theories.
What will hopefully remain with me from this book :
- Artistic energy and creativity is partly genetic! And these genes' downside - why does everything always have to have downsides?? - is a heightened risk for mental instability.
- Where the Cro-Magnon got his/her name : From the cro = shelter where 19th century Monsieur Magnon found the bones.
- Our dark skin colour, originally designed to protect us from the African sun, grew paler when we migrated north because it prevented us from absorbing vital D-vitamin from the sun.
- The Sami are the only European indigenous people left today.
- Around 6-7.000 years ago, better metal axes = better boats = finding new metal mines = a new type of society where wealth, trade and aristocracy took on a greater importance.
- What we inherited from the third great migratory wave, from the East : Indo-European languages, the wheel, horses, slave trade.
- Bojs's words of the caution required in genetic studies. There are no such thing as 'better' genetic dispositions; it's all a matter of context. Any superiority claims of any kind are null and void. And that is a scientific fact. Says not only my dad, but also Karin Bojs.