The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey
Random House Publishing Group, 2012 M10 31 - 240 pages
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.
Joseph Hooker and Thomas Henry Huxley, both Victorians par excellence, were
strong supporters of Charles Darwin's new theory of evolution by natural
selection. Huxley, lecturer in biology at the London School of Mines, later
became better ...
As was the case with many Victorians, Darwin had developed a keen interest in
science during his childhood. ... once destroyed a garden shed-cum-laboratory
when an experiment went explosively awry -— Darwin's interests were primarily
All of this was percolating in young Darwin's mind when he set out aboard HMS
Beagle, engaged as a 'gentleman companion' for Captain FitzRoy. This unusual
position had to do with Victorian social customs, in that the Captain was ...
Darwin described the Fuegians as being '. . . stunted in their growth, their hideous
faces bedaubed with white paint, their skins filthy and greasy, their hair entangled
, their voices discordant, and their gestures violent. Viewing such men, one ...
To Darwin, writing before the acceptance of this codified definition, there
nonetheless seemed to be no question as to the commonality of humanity. His
abolitionist call at the end of the Voyage was heart-felt, as slavery had recently
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Review: The Journey of Man: A Genetic OdysseyUser Review - Joe - Goodreads
Conclusion of Wells' work is that we're all descendants of a single man who lived in Africa about 20,000 years ago. And he is convincing! Very interesting book, with some genetic science thrown in to spice it up (but it doesn't get in the way). Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser 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