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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During this prolonged drought some of the tree - dwelling apes may have moved
to the edge of the forest to take advantage of resources offered by the grasslands
. But while forest - dwelling apes are gatherers ( chimpanzees occasionally kill ...
How it reached this location remains a mystery , but it is likely that the early
coastal migrants to south - east Asia gradually moved inland , migrating
northward over thousands of years . The M130 chromosomes in the south are
older than those ...
Also , in the late 1980s there had been an earthquake , and many of those who
remained had moved to Dushanbe . Now it was actually very difficult to find
Yagnob living in their ancient land . You might find cab drivers or cleaners in 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