The journey of man: a genetic odyssey

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Penguin, May 29, 2003 - Science - 224 pages
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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 the father to all of us - a real-life Adam? The answer, as Spencer Wells shows, is hidden in our genetic code. It enables us not just to discover where our ancestors lived (and who they may have fought, loved and learned from) but to create a family tree for the whole of humanity. The Journey of Man reveals, among other things, how we evolved into such a huge variety of sizes, shapes and races; how humanity spread from Africa to the far corners of the earth; and who the real Adam and Eve were. This enthralling tour through our shared history provides answers to questions which, in an age obsessed by who we are and where we really came from, are more compelling than ever.

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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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