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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When we move , we tend to mate with people living in the new neighbourhood . If
we plot the distance between birthplaces of married couples over time , we see
that until quite recently – the past hundred years or so - this distance was pretty ...
Every one of the living things , each at is own separate birthplace , reaching up
for the light of day . Bruce Chatwin , The Songlines When I was a child , my
friends and I used to play a silly quiz game with each other , where we would ask
Most of the people living in south - east Asia today would be classified as '
Mongoloid peoples , implying a shared history with those living further north in
China and Siberia . There are , however , isolated populations of so - called
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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