A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived

The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes

Adam Rutherford

Summary: What can modern DNA analysis tell us about our ancestors? A lot actually.

Score: 80 / 100

He claims that traits acquired during life can be inherited by descendants which I doubt.

The blink mentioned the phenomenon observed after WWI in Netherlands (?).

Is there other proof to support this epigenetic theory?

Milk-digesting gene (LCT) was changed by one letter roughly 5–10 thousands years ago in the area of Slovakia, Hungary and Poland.

The ability to digest milk emerged in Europe between the years 5,000 and 10,000 BCE as a result of a single letter change in the LCT gene. This change was brought about by the emergence of dairy farming among Europeans.

published: 2021-01-17
last modified: 2023-01-21