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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This is because we acquire new ancestors in each generation as we go back in
time , and they start to pile up pretty quickly . Each of my parents had two parents
, and each of them had two parents , and so on . The geneticist Kenneth Kidd , of
So do the San give us a glimpse of our ancestors who lived at the time of our
genetic Adam ? It is difficult to imagine what our common male and female
ancestors would have looked like . We can only make informed guesses , based
on the ...
it might have been such an enormous leap forward for our early human ancestors
. What it fails to do , though , is to explain what may have caused it to happen . If
the intellectual chasm between humans and apes is spanned by a syntactic ...
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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