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    I'm reading through the book at the moment and saw this in the section 'Sex Bias in Population Mixture':
    When the Bantu first expanded out of west-central Africa several thousand years ago, they had a profound influence on the indigenous rain-forest hunter-gatherer populations they encountered, as is evident from the fact that today no Pygmies speak a non-Bantu language and all harbor substantial Bantu-related ancestry.
    Aren't west-central African Pygmies mostly Central-Sudanic(Nilo-Saharan) and Niger-Congo(non-Bantu) speakers?
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    Two of the major divisions of the Mbuti (eastern Congolese) speak Central Sudanic languages (Efe and Asua), the other a Bantu language. The two largest groups of western Pygmies are Baka and Aka (Biaka); Baka is an Ngbaka (Ubangian) language, non-Bantu Niger-Congo, while the Aka language is Bantu. Most of the smaller western Pygmy groups speak various Bantu languages, but the Bedzan speak Tikar, a non-Bantu Benue-Congo language.

    So anyway, yes, he's got that wrong.

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    I have finally finished the back end of the book, and David Reich is quite straight forward about the major players in the field. Willerslev came off as an opportunist, and Jim Watson an old fool. The bloggers were noted for their right ring tendencies and the NYT journalist as an outright bigot.

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    I finished the book over the weekend. For someone like me who has been solely focused on Europe, the book is an excellent source for quickly getting caught up with the genetics of other regions. I high recommend it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by R.Rocca View Post
    For someone like me who has been solely focused on Europe, the book is an excellent source for quickly getting caught up with the genetics of other regions.
    I agree with that. I read it last weekend, and was pleasantly surprised at how readable the parts about unfamilar regions, and our distant cousin species, were. Even if one disagrees with a few details (in R1b-P312 minutiae, or something else about which one has been obsessed for several years), the sweep of it all is a grand story; and he tells it like the chatty insider he is. I think it might be fun to reread next year, maybe a little longer. I doubt if he'll find the time, funding or other incentives to rewrite it.

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