The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey
Penguin Adult, 2003 M05 29 - 288 pages
Around 60,000 years ago, a man, identical to us in all important respects, walked the soil of Africa. Every man alive today is descended from him. How did he come to be father to all of us - a real-life Adam? And why do we come in such a huge variety of sizes, shapes, types and races if we all share a single prehistoric ancestor?
In this fascinating book, Spencer Wells shows how the truth about our ancestors is hidden in our genetic code, and reveals how developments in the cutting-edge science of population genetics have made it possible not just to discover where our ancestors lived (and who they may have fought, loved, learned from and influence) but to create a family tree for the whole of humanity.
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Using absolute dating methods , we can infer that the M45 mutation occurred
approximately 35 , 000 years ago in central Asia . Today , M45 is found only in
central Asians and those who trace their ancestry to this region – thus , it defines
When these modern humans reached east Asia , they found themselves in an
area that had been inhabited by their distant relatives Homo erectus for nearly a
million years . Dubois ' missing link had relatives in China , called ( before being
M122 , which first appeared on an M175 chromosome , is now widespread
throughout east Asia . It is hardly found west of the great central Asian mountain
ranges , and does not occur at all in the Middle East or Europe . This is the
pattern we ...
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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
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