The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey
Allen Lane, 2002 - 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 father to all of us - a real life Adam? To find out, Spencer Wells embarked on a unique voyage of discovery, travelling the world and deciphering the genetic codes of people from the Sahara Desert to Siberia. He reveals how our DNA enables us to work out where our ancestors lived, (and who they may have fought, loved and learned from); to re-trace their footsteps from Africa to the far corners of the earth ; to understand how we evolved into such a huge variety of sizes, shapes and races - and, ultimately, to create a family tree for the whole of humanity.
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His calculations of the cranial capacity , or brain size , of the new find , in
combination with its upright stance , led him to make a bold leap of faith . He
named the new species Pithecanthropus erectus , Latin for ' erect ape - man ' .
This was the ...
The only way to find out is to examine populations from along the route and see
what the genetic pattern is . The second critical piece of evidence is to be found
in the pattern of archaeological remains along the route – are they consistent with
Now it was actually very difficult to find Yagnob living in their ancient land . You
might find cab drivers or cleaners in the capital who came from this region , but -
except for a remote village several days ' hike into the mountains – the Yagnob ...
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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