The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey

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Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2002 - Science - 218 pages
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Around 60,000 years ago, a man—genetically identical to us—lived in Africa. Every person alive today is descended from him. How did this real-life Adam wind up as the father of us all? What happened to the descendants of other men who lived at the same time? And why, if modern humans share a single prehistoric ancestor, do we come in so many sizes, shapes, and races?

Examining the hidden secrets of human evolution in our genetic code, Spencer Wells reveals how developments in the revolutionary science of population genetics have made it possible to create a family tree for the whole of humanity. Replete with marvelous anecdotes and remarkable information, from the truth about the real Adam and Eve to the way differing racial types emerged, The Journey of Man is an enthralling, epic tour through the history and development of early humankind.

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User Review  - Arun - Goodreads

Immensely educating book every one should read - it's bound to make you look at rest of us in a new light. after all we perhaps have a common great great xxxxxxxxx grandmother :-)) Why not a 5 star ... Read full review

Review: The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey

User Review  - Tel Monks - Goodreads

A little disappointing. He gave a very interesting TED talk, but I did not find the book so interesting. He tends to put in a few cutesy comparisons, liking genetic history to changing recipes for ... Read full review


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Spencer Wells is an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society and the director of the Genographic Project. After studying under genetic pioneer Luigi Cavalli-Sforza at Stanford University, he began an unusual career that mixes science, writing, and filmmaking. His acclaimed first book, "The Journey of Man," combined his own DNA research with the work of archaeologists, paleoanthropologists, paleoclimatologists, and linguists to show how modern humans came to populate the planet.

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