Surnames and Genetic Structure (Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology)

  • Publish Date: 2008-01-28
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Gabriel Ward Lasker
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Surnames are inherited in much the same way as are biological traits Since surnames were generally adopted in Europe during Medieval times their distribution has become very uneven analysis of the present geographic patterns provides an insight into the kind of redistribution of genes that has resulted from all the migrations of the intervening years Using non technical language and a minimum of mathematics this book presents a lucid description and evaluation of these studies of the genetic structure of human populations A special feature is the appendix which presents computer generated maps and distribution diagrams of 100 common surnames in England and Wales