Ever wondered if you have any famous ancestors? Adam Rutherford has some great news: you're descended from the Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne, just like me! In his mind-boggling and witty masterpiece, Rutherford dives with contagious passion and enthusiasm into our very essence to explore the messy shared history of humanity, filled with earwax (fascinating), media nonsense, unfortunate Neanderthals and all of the sex and killing that have made us who we are. Finally, here is the definitive answer to the question ‘who do you think you are?’
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This is a story about you. It is the history of who you are and how you came to be. It is unique to you, as it is to each of the 100 billion modern humans who have ever drawn breath. But it is also our collective story, because in every one of our genomes we each carry the history of our species - births, deaths, disease, war, famine, migration and a lot of sex. In this captivating journey through the expanding landscape of genetics, Adam Rutherford reveals what our genes now tell us about human history, and what history can now tell us about our genes. From Neanderthals to murder, from redheads to race, dead kings to plague, evolution to epigenetics, this is a demystifying and illuminating new portrait of who we are and how we came to be.