Born in Africa: The Quest for the Origins of Human Life

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PublicAffairs, 2011 - Science - 230 pages
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Africa does not give up its secrets easily. Buried there lie answers about the origins of humankind. After a century of investigation, scientists have transformed our understanding about the beginnings of human life. But vital clues still remain hidden.

In Born in Africa, Martin Meredith follows the trail of discoveries about human origins made by scientists over the last hundred years, recounting their intense rivalry, personal feuds, and fierce controversies as well as their feats of skill and endurance.

The results have been momentous. Scientists have identified more than twenty species of extinct humans. They have firmly established Africa as the birthplace not only of humankind but also of modern humans. They have revealed how early technology, language ability, and artistic endeavour all originated in Africa; and they have shown how small groups of Africans spread out from Africa in an exodus sixty thousand years ago to populate the rest of the world. We have all inherited an African past.

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Review: Born in Africa: The Quest for the Origins of Human Life

User Review  - Yasser Mohammad - Goodreads

Interesting read. What will remain in my cortex of this book was mostly there before I read it yet it provides a very personal account of the struggles for human evolutional history. Most of the work ... Read full review

Review: Born in Africa: The Quest for the Origins of Human Life

User Review  - Bev Moss - Goodreads

This was a slog for me; I felt like I was in class and really should have been taking notes for the test. I appreciated the second part of the book the most. Read full review

About the author (2011)

Martin Meredith is a journalist, biographer, and historian who has written extensively on Africa and its recent history. He is the author of many books including The Fate of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence; Mugabe: Power, Plunder, and the Struggle for Zimbabwe, and Mandela: A Biography. He lives near Oxford, England.

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