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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One of the most exciting details to emerge from Walter ' s work is the fact that
there appears to have been exchange with coastal dwellers thousands of
kilometres away , who were exploiting the same types of resources in southern
In fact , late dates are found along the entirety of our coastal route to Oz . In
Thailand , for instance , there is evidence for modern human occupation from
about 37 , 000 years ago at Lang Rongrien cave - but not before . As we move
closer to ...
The ancestors of the Indian clan , who moved into southern India around 30 , 000
years ago , would have encountered the earlier coastal migrants still living there .
From the genetic pattern , it seems likely that any admixture with them was not ...
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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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