I’m not sure this book will be for your average reader or even your average non-fiction reader but if you have an interest in genetics or anthropology then this is a must read. Raff explores the varied theories about how indigenous Americans came to live in Alaska, mainland America all the way into South America. She details the evidence that has been uncovered for pre-Clovis people including tools, settlements and bones. She challenges the idea of the land bridge from Siberia and argues for a longer occupation of Beringia.
Most interestingly for me, she explores and argues the ethics of unearthing ancient people, discusses the impact of understanding genetic lineage for indigenous Americans and the breaches of trust and betrayals of the descendants of these people.
I really enjoyed this book and learned a lot. I’d suggest doing it on audio. While at times the sciencey parts can be a bit dry for the non-scientist, she does give sections that detail her own personal experiences to make the book more readable. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
What’s the last book that taught you something new?