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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Samuel Johnson , Lives of the English Poets My Y - chromosome is defined by a
marker known as M173 . What this means is that at some point in the past , a man
- one person – had a change from an A to a C at a particular position in the ...
This sort of puzzle - solving is exactly what we have done for the markers that
define our genetic lineages . If M168 defines a marker common to all non -
African populations , then in our genetic recipe it is the equivalent of impala – the
To solve this riddle of where the majority of Upper Palaeolithic Europeans came
from – we need to examine the genetic markers in western Europe and ask which
Eurasian lineage they could have come from , and when . I said at the ...
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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