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 Wade¬'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 humanity¬'s origins as never before¬-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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User Review  - nosajeel - LibraryThing

The best, most up-to-date volume I've read on what recent genetic analysis tells us about human origins, pre-history, language, evolution over the last 10,000 years, and several other important ... Read full review

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User Review  - bezoar44 - LibraryThing

While it's not obvious from the title, the unifying theme of this book is the way genetic research is reshaping our understanding of human evolution, prehistory, anthropology, and history. Our ... Read full review

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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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