Johannes Kraus (Author) Johannes Krause is the director of the newly founded Max Planck Institute for the History of Humanity in Jena. He worked on the sequencing of the Neanderthal genome. In 2010 he and his team discovered the Denisova Man, a prehistoric man. The science journal Nature described him as rising star in ancient DNA research .Thomas Trappe (Author) Thomas Trappe is a political journalist but has frequently worked in science journalism and reported several times on Johannes Krause's research.
Modern archaeogenetics provides compelling new facts for the current migration debate, but also some real explosives. [A] cornucopia of new knowledge [...], easily accessible and as gripping as a historical thriller * FAZ * Extremely enriching. Rarely, have I been able to learn so much and get such radically new insights over 250 pages * Suddeutsche Zeitung * A highly readable, personal guide to the twists and turns in unravelling ancient DNA: Krause and Trappe expertly unravel the story of ancient DNA to reveal how the new field of archaeogenetics has utterly transformed understanding of our deep past. * Rebecca Wragg Sykes, author of Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death, and Art * A Short History of Humanity is an eloquent and timely reminder that viruses and other pathogens of infectious disease are merely fellow-travellers in an epic journey that began when the first human migrants left Africa around 200,000 years ago. The solution to pandemics is not to close borders in the hope of keeping viruses out but to recognise that we are a fundamentally peripatetic species united in our shared genetic inheritance and common humanity. * Mark Honigsbaum, author of A Pandemic Century * A valuable contribution to our understanding of who we are and how we got here. * Tim Marshall, bestselling author of Prisoners of Geography *