The Real Eve: Modern Man's Journey Out of Africa

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Carroll & Graf, 2003 - Social Science - 440 pages
Out of one, and only one, major exodus from Africa 80,000 years ago by migratory African ancestors was the entire non-African world in all its racial and cultural diversity ultimately populated—so argues Stephen Oppenheimer in this groundbreaking volume that has stirred heated controversy among authorities in geology, linguistics, archaeology, and anthropology. Thoroughly researched and meticulously argued, with dramatic evidence garnered from recent advances in the field of genetics through DNA analysis, Oppenheimer traces the evolution of modern humankind out of a common African ancestry. For again and again, Oppenheimer's extensive genealogical research, based on our gender-specific so-called Adam and Eve genes, has led him straight back to Africa and placed him in direct opposition to the multiregionalists. Whereas they maintain that archaic human populations, like the Neanderthals in Europe and Homo erectus in the Far East, evolved locally into the races we know today, Oppenheimer establishes that European Neanderthals, for instance, are not ancestors of modern humans but cousins who have stemmed from the same African root. Unsettling long-established anthropological and cultural assumptions—and prejudices—Oppenheimer's provocative exploration of our human origins provides a fresh new perspective on the nature of the human destiny that all of us share.

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The out-of-Africa thesis of our species' ancestry is tested, found solid, and approved for consumption.Oppenheimer (Eden in the East, 1999), a British physician and specialist in tropical diseases ... Read full review

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Genetic markers allow the family trees of human groups to be constructed going back a hundred thousand years or more. The distribution of these markers across the continents allow the movements of ... Read full review

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Stephen Oppenheimer is a British physician who for most of the past two decades has extensively researched tropical disease in Asia. The author of numerous articles for medical and scientific journals, he has written one other book, Eden in the East: The Drowned Continent of Southeast Asia. He currently lives in Oxford.

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