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Karin Bojs grew up in a small, broken family. At her mother's funeral she felt this more keenly than ever. As a science journalist she was eager to learn more about herself, her family and the interconnectedness of society. After all, we're all related. And in a sense, we are all family.
My European Family tells the story of Europe and its people through its genetic legacy, from the first wave of immigration to the present day, weaving in the latest archaeological findings. Karin goes deep in search of her genealogy; by having her DNA sequenced she was able to trace the path of her ancestors back through the Viking and Bronze ages to the Neolithic and beyond into prehistory, even back to a time when Neanderthals ran the European show. Travelling to dozens of countries to follow the story, she learns about early farmers in the Middle East and flute-playing cavemen in Germany and France, and a whole host of other fascinating characters.
This book looks at genetics from a uniquely pan-European perspective, with the author meeting dozens of geneticists, historians and archaeologists in the course of her research. The genes of this seemingly ordinary modern European woman have a truly fascinating story to tell, and in many ways it is the true story of Europe. At a time when politics is pushing nations apart, this book shows that, ultimately, our genes will always bind us together.
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My European Family tells the story of Europe and its people through its genetic legacy, from the first wave of immigration to the present day, weaving in the latest archaeological findings. Karin goes deep in search of her genealogy; by having her DNA sequenced she was able to trace the path of her ancestors back through the Viking and Bronze ages to the Neolithic and beyond into prehistory, even back to a time when Neanderthals ran the European show. Travelling to dozens of countries to follow the story, she learns about early farmers in the Middle East and flute-playing cavemen in Germany and France, and a whole host of other fascinating characters.
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      • content: Meticulous, up-to-date, and never tedious, [Bojs] draws from hundreds of scientific results to create a broad-brush picture of human evolution, showing us how DNA research is revolutionizing our knowledge of the past.
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      • content: An extraordinary book ... part travel narrative, part family history, part scientific study.
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        Science journalist Bojs seeks to personalize the story of human migration and the history of habitation in Europe by providing an account of her own family. Since Bojs is Swedish, there are many Scandinavian personal and place names that U.S. readers may find unfamiliar; they will want to have a map handy as she describes many parts of Europe and beyond. The focus is on northern Europe, but the author does mention other regions, including Africa and China when relevant, particularly when addressing the development of early technologies such as sailing, pottery, and music. She also discusses humans' early relationships with animals (e.g., dogs, cats, and horses). Although the various scientists Bojs interviews often disagree about the importance of archaeology vs. genetics, she manages to weave the competing fields into a clear narrative of the history of early Europeans. She is also highly aware of the potential for such information to be used to make discriminatory claims about European superiority and faces that challenge head-on. VERDICT Overall, a thoughtful and personal story for readers with an interest in early European history, genealogy, or archaeology.--Cate Hirschbiel, Iwasaki Lib., Emerson Coll., Boston

        Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        Swedish science journalist Bojs gamely asserts the gene in genealogy. She intertwines the development of early human beings in Europe with her own family history in a narrative as precisely and splendidly formed as the majestically wound DNA molecule. And aptly so, given that DNA technology provides a remarkable tool in clarifying ancestry and antiquity. Samples of it in ancient skeletons can be analyzed. DNA from body lice can help calculate the age of clothing. Even microscopic deposits in dental tartar can be scrutinized. Everyone alive now has a common foremother, Mitochondrial Eve. Along with her male counterpart, Y-Chromosomal Adam, both dwelt in Africa about 200,000 years ago. Fast-forward many millennia. The population of Europe becomes shaped by three major migrations: Ice Age hunters were first on the scene, followed by farmers arriving from the Middle East, then pastoralists from the eastern steppes toting Indo-European languages. Beyond molecular biology, Bojs utilizes many disciplines to trace the progress and movement of Europeans, including anthropology, archaeology, botany, history, linguistics, and paleontology. Discussions of Neanderthals, Cro-Magnons, the earliest cooking, ancient beermaking, prehistoric graves, animal domestication, changes in climate and sea levels, Vikings, and the real paleo diet (which included insects and heaps of honey) all make an appearance. Formidable and fascinating reading.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2017, American Library Association.)

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My European Family tells the story of Europe and its people through its genetic legacy, from the first wave of immigration to the present day, weaving in the latest archaeological findings. Karin goes deep in search of her genealogy; by having her DNA sequenced she was able to trace the path of her ancestors back through the Viking and Bronze ages to the Neolithic and beyond into prehistory, even back to a time when Neanderthals ran the European show. Travelling to dozens of countries to follow the story, she learns about early farmers in the Middle East and flute-playing cavemen in Germany and France, and a whole host of other fascinating characters.
This book looks at genetics...
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Introduction: The Funeral
PART 1: THE HUNTERS
Chapter 1 : The Troll Child: 54,000 Years Ago
Chapter 2 : Neanderthals in Leipzig
Chapter 3 : The Flute Players
Chapter 4 : First on the Scene in Europe
Chapter 5 : Mammoths in Brno
Chapter 6 : Cro-Magnon
Chapter 7 : The First Dog
Chapter 8 : Doggerland
Chapter 9 : The Ice Age Ends
Chapter 10 : Dark Skin, Blue Eyes
Chapter 11 : Climate and Forests
Chapter 12 : Am I a Sami?
Chapter 13 : Pottery Makes its Appearance
Chapter 14 : The Farmers Arrive
PART 2: THE FARMERS
Chapter 15 : Syria
Chapter 16 : The Boat to Cyprus
Chapter 17 : The First Beer
Chapter 18 : The Farmers ' Westward Voyages
Chapter 19 : The Homes Built on the Graves of the Dead
Chapter 20 : Clashes in Pilsen and Mainz
Chapter 21 : Sowing and Sunrise
Chapter 22 : Farmers Arrive in Skane
Chapter 23 : Otzi the Iceman
Chapter 24 : The Falbygden Area
Chapter 25 : Hunters' and Farmers' Genes
PART 3: THE INDO-EUROPEANS
Chapter 26 : The First Stallion
Chapter 27 : DNA Sequences Provide Links with the East
Chapter 28 : Battleaxes
Chapter 29 : Bell Beakers, Celts and Stonehenge
Chapter 30 : The Nebra Sky Disc in Halle
Chapter 31 : The Rock Engravers
Chapter 32 : Iron and the Plague
Chapter 33 : Am I a Viking?
Chapter 34 : The Mothers
Chapter 35 : The Legacy of Hitler and Stalin
The Tree and the Spring
Questions and Answers about DNA
References, Further Reading and Travel Tips
Acknowledgements
Index