Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors

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Paw Prints, Oct 8, 2008 - Science - 314 pages
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Nicholas WadeĀ's articles are a major reason why the science section has become the most popular, nationwide, in the New York Times. In his groundbreaking Before the Dawn, Wade reveals humanityĀ's origins as never beforeĀ-a journey made possible only recently by genetic science, whose incredible findings have answered such questions as: What was the first human language like? How large were the first societies, and how warlike were they? When did our ancestors first leave Africa, and by what route did they leave? By eloquently solving these and numerous other mysteries, Wade offers nothing less than a uniquely complete retelling of a story that began 500 centuries ago.

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Great compendium of recent research on human evolution. - Goodreads
Prose was clear enough but bland and forgettable. - Goodreads
An excellent overview of how modern man came to be. - Goodreads
It is a wonderful book full of bon mots and insight. - Goodreads
I love books about evolution and genetic research. - Goodreads
Great science writing. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Ricpow - Goodreads

Wonderful book illuminating the power of the study of genetics in general, and in particular on palaeontology. Fascinating facts like the date of the exodus of modern man from Africa, the domestication of wolves, and lactate tolerance. Read full review

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User Review  - Diane - Goodreads

The first part of this book tells the story of man's evolutionary descent from our common ancestors (chimpanzees and bonobos), and continues by describing the history of our ancestors as they ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

Born in Aylesbury, England, Nicholas Wade studies at Eton College and King's College, Cambridge. He has worked at nature and Science and is currently a science reporter for The New York Times. The author of four previous books, he lives in Montclair, New Jersey.

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