This is a superbly written, thoroughly researched, and easy-to-read exploration of the overwhelming evidence for evolution found in the DNA of the human species. Since the publication of Darwin's "Origin of Species", debate over the theory of evolution has been continuous and often impassioned. In recent years, opponents of Darwin have mounted history's most sophisticated and generously funded attack, claiming that evolution is 'a theory in crisis'. Ironically, these claims are being made at a time when the explosion of information from genome projects has revealed the most compelling and overwhelming evidence of evolution ever discovered. Much of the latest evidence of human evolution comes not from our genes, but from so-called 'junk DNA', leftover relics of our evolutionary history that make up the vast majority of our DNA. "Relics of Eden" explores this powerful DNA-based evidence of human evolution. The 'relics' are the millions of functionally useless but scientifically informative remnants of our evolutionary ancestry trapped in the DNA of every person on the planet.
Daniel Fairbanks is a distinguished university professor, research geneticist, and author.