update: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past - Dr. David Reich

For those of us who have sort of kept up with the science of genomics and how it’s been shining an ever brighter light on early human migration have I got a fairly new video for you.

Turns out that human migration and mixing and matching is about as old as making babies is. What a strange trip it’s been for us. How sad that we seem to have decided on a meltdown for our final act.

Besides Dr. David Reich’s very cool update on the march of science as it collects ever more evidence and refines its understanding based on the facts we’ve learned to tease out of nature, he also has a sobering message about the delusion of White Supremacists and their contrived terror of racial mixing.

You silly knuckle heads, there is no racial purity out there to thump your chest about!


Harvard Museum of Natural History

David Reich, Professor, Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Senior Associate Member, Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT Sweeping technological innovations in the field of genomics are enabling scientists to extract and analyze ancient DNA—genetic material from human remains dating back up to hundreds of thousands of years—as never before. (collaborated with Svante Pääbo ca 2007)

This research is revealing new insights into our lineage as modern humans and has become as important as archaeology, linguistics, and the written word in understanding our past. David Reich, author of Who We Are and How We Got Here, will discuss the potential of ancient DNA for revealing the history of our species. Evolution Matters Lecture Series

Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past



Stuff that into your collective pipes and smoke on it a while. :slight_smile:

I wonder if it was ever possible for humans to do any better than today’s running up against the wall(s), and then proceeding down into the drain, trajectory?

Considering our collective greed and desperation for power, disregard for others and for consequences, disregard for honesty and introspection, guess it was foolish to think we were capable of anything saner and long lasting.