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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Cavalli - Sforza and Edwards looked at blood group frequencies from fifteen
populations living around the world . The result of this analysis , laboriously
calculated by an early Olivetti computer , was that Africans were the most distant
of the ...
suggests that the Palaeolithic population of Europe was confined to Iberia ,
southern Italy and the Balkans during the period of most extensive glaciation
around 16 , 000 years ago , and that human populations then expanded
northward during ...
Patrilocality can explain the high degree of Y divergence between populations ,
but the overall coalescence time should still be the same for Y and mtDNA . In
effect , the Y pattern should be fragmented into many deeply divergent
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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