Human Mitochondrial DNA and the Evolution of Homo sapiens by Hans-Jürgen BandeltHuman Mitochondrial DNA and the Evolution of Homo sapiens by Hans-Jürgen Bandelt

Human Mitochondrial DNA and the Evolution of Homo sapiens

EditorHans-Jürgen Bandelt, Martin Richards, Vincent Macaulay

Hardcover | May 12, 2006

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Mitochondrial DNA is one of the most closely explored genetic systems, because it can tell us so much about the human past. This book takes a unique perspective, presenting the disparate strands that must be tied together to exploit this system. From molecular biology to anthropology, statistics to ancient DNA, this first volume of three presents a comprehensive global picture and a critical appraisal of human mitochondrial DNA variation.
Title:Human Mitochondrial DNA and the Evolution of Homo sapiensFormat:HardcoverDimensions:285 pagesPublished:May 12, 2006Publisher:Springer Berlin HeidelbergLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3540317880

ISBN - 13:9783540317883


Table of Contents

Prerequisites and caveats. Mitochondrial DNA in Homo sapiens.The transmission and segregation of mitochondrial DNA in Homo sapiens. Numts revisited. Estimation of mutation rates and coalescence times: some caveats. Postmortem damage of mitochondrial DNA. Lab-specific mutation processes.- Evolution of human mtDNA. The world mtDNA phylogeny. The pioneer settlement of modern humans in Asia. Ancient DNA and the Neanderthals. A model for the dispersal of modern humans out of Africa.

Editorial Reviews

From the reviews:"The study of the variation in mitochondrial DNA has significantly deepened our knowledge about human dispersal . . The book is clearly written and benefits from the true experts in the field. . it provides a strong and helpful basis and serves as a well-selected summary . . everybody involved in mtDNA research is sooner or later advised to have a look at it." (Wolfgang Haak, Journal of Comparative Human Biology, Vol. 58, 2007)"Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) has become prominent in studies . . mtDNA is a boon, not only for scholars interested in the origin of Homo sapiens, but also for population biologists, forensic scientists and those interested in the applications of ancient DNA techniques. . mtDNA has grown in parallel with advances in molecular biology, phylogenetics and bioinformatics. . This well-written book contains much valuable information on the received human mtDNA phylogeny and taxonomy." (Erika Hagelberg, Human Genetics, Vol. 123, 2008)"This book reviews what mitochondria are, how these organelles are studied by geneticists, and what they tell us about our evolution. . is an excellent book that will appeal to several audiences. One is the human mitochondrial DNA research community. While the authors describe current research, they also offer a number of provocative reconstructions of human history . . The authors of this book have done a valuable service to the anthropological community." (Pamela R. Willoughby, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Vol. 135, 2008)