Human Mitochondrial DNA and the Evolution of Homo sapiens

  • Hans-Jürgen Bandelt
  • Vincent Macaulay
  • Martin Richards

Part of the Nucleic Acids and Molecular Biology book series (NUCLEIC, volume 18)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Prerequisites and Caveats

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Patrick F. Chinnery
      Pages 3-15
    3. Claudio M. Bravi, Walther Parson, Hans-Jürgen Bandelt
      Pages 31-46
    4. Hans-Jürgen Bandelt, Qing-Peng Kong, Martin Richards, Vincent Macaulay
      Pages 47-90
    5. M. Thomas, P. Gilbert
      Pages 91-115
    6. Hans-Jürgen Bandelt, Toomas Kivisild, Jüri Parik, Richard Villems, Claudio Bravi, Yong-Gang Yao et al.
      Pages 117-146
  3. Evolution of Human mtDNA

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
    2. Toomas Kivisild, Mait Metspalu, Hans-Jürgen Bandelt, Martin Richards, Richard Villems
      Pages 149-179
    3. Mait Metspalu, Toomas Kivisild, Hans-Jürgen Bandelt, Martin Richards, Richard Villems
      Pages 181-199
    4. William Goodwin, Igor Ovchinnikov
      Pages 201-224
    5. Martin Richards, Hans-Jürgen Bandelt, Toomas Kivisild, Stephen Oppenheimer
      Pages 225-265
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 267-271

About this book


Mitochondrial DNA is one of the most explored genetic systems because of what it can tell us about the human past. This volume takes a unique perspective, presenting the disparate strands that must be tied together to exploit this system. From molecular biology to anthropology, statistics to ancient DNA, this first volume of three presents the global picture of human mitochondrial DNA variation. It takes a critical look at the field, flagging the problems, as well as the successes, and always placing the mitochondrial phylogeny centre stage.


Ancient DNA DNA Human Mitochondrial DNA Out-of-Africa anthropology biology evolution human evolution mitochondria molecular biology mutation phylogeny

Editors and affiliations

  • Hans-Jürgen Bandelt
    • 1
  • Vincent Macaulay
    • 2
  • Martin Richards
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of HamburgHamburgGermany
  2. 2.Department of StatisticsUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowUK
  3. 3.Institute of Integrative & Comparative Biology Faculty of Biological SciencesUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK

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