The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey

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Penguin Adult, May 29, 2003 - Science - 288 pages
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Around 60,000 years ago, a man, identical to us in all important respects, walked the soil of Africa. Every man alive today is descended from him. How did he come to be father to all of us - a real-life Adam? And why do we come in such a huge variety of sizes, shapes, types and races if we all share a single prehistoric ancestor?

In this fascinating book, Spencer Wells shows how the truth about our ancestors is hidden in our genetic code, and reveals how developments in the cutting-edge science of population genetics have made it possible not just to discover where our ancestors lived (and who they may have fought, loved, learned from and influence) but to create a family tree for the whole of humanity.

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But the writing was anything but inspiring. - Goodreads
But, unfortunately, Wells is not a gifted writer. - Goodreads
It does have the most beautiful photographs however. - Goodreads
So hard to read, it was interesting but so heavy… - Goodreads

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User Review  - Shalon Montgomery - Goodreads

Genetic Odyssey is a well written book. Due to life I wasn't able to read this book in short time but every time I picked it back up my intrigue picked up where it left off. This book answers any ... Read full review

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User Review  - Meg Bortin - Goodreads

Spencer Wells' lively and engaging account of human origins makes evolutionary genetics supremely comprehensible to the nonspecialist. I enjoyed every moment of this book. Read full review

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Spencer Wells received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1994, and subsequently moved to Stanford University, where he worked with Luca Cavalli-Sforza. He then led the population genetics research group at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics at Oxford.

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