The Seven Daughters of Eve

“In 1994 Bryan Sykes was called in as an expert to examine the frozen remains of a man trapped in glacial ice in northern Italy for over 5000 years―the Ice Man. Sykes succeeded in extracting DNA from the Ice Man, but even more important, writes Science News, was his ‘ability to directly link that DNA to Europeans living today.’ In this groundbreaking book, Sykes reveals how the identification of a particular strand of DNA that passes unbroken through the maternal line allows scientists to trace our genetic makeup all the way back to prehistoric times―to seven primeval women, the ‘seven daughters of Eve.'”

In 2002, Dr. Bryan Sykes published The Seven Daughters of Eve, a nonfiction book detailing his remarkable research into the ancestral roots of what he claimed was most of modern Europeans. In his book, Sykes describes the process by which he came to discover that most Europeans can trace their lineage back to one of only seven haplotypes, or clans, which can be each be attributed to one of seven maternal ancestors. The remainder of this website will be dedicated to the review of this book, so come along and learn with me!