The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey

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Penguin Adult, 2003 M05 29 - 224 pages
Around 60,000 years ago, a man walked the soil of Africa. Every person alive today is descended from him. How did he come to be the father to all of us - a real-life Adam?

The answer, as Spencer Wells shows, is hidden in our genetic code. It enables us not just to discover where our ancestors lived (and who they may have fought, loved and learned from) but to create a family tree for the whole of humanity. The Journey of Manreveals, among other things, how we evolved into such a huge variety of sizes, shapes and races; how humanity spread from Africa to the far corners of the earth; and who the real Adam and Eve were.

This enthralling tour through our shared history provides answers to questions which, in an age obsessed by who we are and where we really came from, are more compelling than ever.

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User 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

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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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About the author (2003)

Spencer Wells received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1994, and subsequently moved to Stanford University, where he worked with Luca Cavalli-Sforza. He then led the population genetics research group at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics at Oxford.

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