The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey

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Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2003 - 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 Manis an enthralling, epic tour through the history and development of early humankind.

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User Review  - snash - LibraryThing

The book presents a picture of man's migrations between 60,000 and 10,000 years ago. It is a companion book with the TV special and provides more background into the scientific rational of the study and its conclusions. It is presented in a manner quite understandable to the lay person. Read full review

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User Review  - kencf0618 - LibraryThing

I participated in the National Genographic Project in part to give my father and brother a unique gift for Father's Day. (Apparently our ancestors had wandered in off the steppes after the last Ice ... Read full review

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