Sunshine Coast Elder College

Spring 2019

Our Ancient DNA Legacy

Modern humans emerged in South Africa 73,000 years ago with language skills capable of recording and transmitting cultural memories. “Who You Are and How You Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past” by David Reich (recommended) debunks the fiction of “pure populations.” Since Svante Pääbo published “Neanderthal Man” in 2014, Reich and other scientists, using new DNA technologies, geology, and climate science, tracked movements of our ancestors around the globe, found their bones, and read their DNA. Our personal DNA can now be connected to that of many extinct populations as well as archaic humans, including European and Asian Neanderthals of 43,000 years ago. This course will transform how you think about genealogy, ancestry, and race.

For further information on this topic a bibliography of books recommended by Joe can be downloaded here, NOTE these are optional and not necessary to fully enjoy the course.

Dates Three Wednesdays, April 3 t0 17
Times 2 pm to 4 pm
Location Capilano University, Sechelt Campus

Joe Harrison

Course fee $36.75 (GST incl.)