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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By the time he moved to Emory in the mid - 1980s , he had become focused on
the origins of Native Americans . In particular , he was trying to use mtDNA as a
tool to track the origin of the first Native Americans back to particular populations
their sample of Native Americans was by no means exhaustive , over 90 per cent
of South and Central Americans they examined were M3 , while around 50 per
cent of North Americans had this lineage . Clearly , it was the major Native ...
As for the other migrations , from Europe or Australia , there is currently no
compelling genetic evidence . While M130 would appear to link Na - Dene
speaking Native Americans to the Australian Aborigines , the relationship is in
fact far deeper ...
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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