The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey

Front Cover
Allen Lane, 2002 - Science - 224 pages
54 Reviews
Around 60,000 years ago, a man walked the soil of Africa. Every person alive today is descended from him. How did he come to be father to all of us - a real life Adam? To find out, Spencer Wells embarked on a unique voyage of discovery, travelling the world and deciphering the genetic codes of people from the Sahara Desert to Siberia. He reveals how our DNA enables us to work out where our ancestors lived, (and who they may have fought, loved and learned from); to re-trace their footsteps from Africa to the far corners of the earth ; to understand how we evolved into such a huge variety of sizes, shapes and races - and, ultimately, to create a family tree for the whole of humanity.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
20
4 stars
14
3 stars
13
2 stars
6
1 star
1

educational and intriguing. - Goodreads
But, unfortunately, Wells is not a gifted writer. - Goodreads
It does have the most beautiful photographs however. - Goodreads
But the writing was anything but inspiring. - Goodreads
So hard to read, it was interesting but so heavy… - Goodreads
My advice, don't read the book. - Goodreads

Review: The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey

User Review  - Jeff Dixon - Goodreads

This is the most comprehensive and easy to understand book about human evolution that I have ever read. Read full review

Review: The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey

User Review  - Stephanie (LitLoversLane.com) - Goodreads

Review @ www.LitLoversLane.com I have known of National Geographic's genome project for years, so when I learned of this companion book, I bought it immediately. Working my way through the first few ... Read full review

Common terms and phrases

Bibliographic information