It may seem churlish to criticize a personal story of research in human evolutionary genetics
designed to appeal to the public, but the tedious narrations of the lives of the clan mothers,
lack of bibliography, and casual treatment of facts,
rules the book out of the category of serious popular science.
In the context of Sykes’s commercial venture, Oxford Ancestors,
which markets DNA-based genealogical information to people hungry for roots,
the book makes sense as an advertising tool.
However, for an accurate account of an inspiring field of science, readers should look elsewhere.
— E. Hagelberg, Heredity (2002) 89:77