The Molecule Hunt

The Molecule Hunt

Archeology and the Search for Ancient DNA

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
A renowned expert in the field of bio-archaeology presents a fascinating foray into the most significant archaeological breakthroughs that have forever altered our comprehension of the human past, detailing the discoveries and analyses that have helped revise the human genealiogical tree and answer questions that have befuddled researchers for years. 15,000 first printing.

Book News
Jones (archaeological science, Cambridge U.) recounts the history and findings of the new field of bio-archaeology, perhaps best known for its discovery of the mitochodrial "Eve," the ancestor of all humans. Bio-archaeology uses the analysis of DNA traces to determine what people ate, what people hunted, how they cooked, and how long ago humans domesticated various animals. Jones not only discusses the growth of the field, but also explains some of the basics of the science it is based upon. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Blackwell North Amer
A revolution is underway in archaeology. For the first time the molecular record of past life, entombed for millennia in archaeological and geological material, has become widely accessible to science. Miraculous-seeming techniques now allow ancient remains to speak volumes about a past we thought lost.
For twenty-five years, Martin Jones's work has involved shifting the emphasis within archaeology from inert material objects to fragments of the living, breathing past. The Molecule Hunt uses Jones's perspective at the forefront of bio-archaeology to show how pioneering science is rewriting human history.

Publisher: New York : Arcade Pub. : Distributed by AOL Time Warner Book Group, 2002
Edition: 1st North American ed
ISBN: 9781559706117
Branch Call Number: 569.9 JON
Characteristics: viii, 279 p. ; 25 cm


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