The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey
Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2003 - 218 pages
Around 60,000 years ago, a man—genetically identical to us—lived in Africa. Every person alive today is descended from him. How did this real-life Adam wind up as the father of us all? What happened to the descendants of other men who lived at the same time? And why, if modern humans share a single prehistoric ancestor, do we come in so many sizes, shapes, and races?
Examining the hidden secrets of human evolution in our genetic code, Spencer Wells reveals how developments in the revolutionary science of population genetics have made it possible to create a family tree for the whole of humanity. Replete with marvelous anecdotes and remarkable information, from the truth about the real Adam and Eve to the way differing racial types emerged, The Journey of Man is an enthralling, epic tour through the history and development of early humankind.
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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 ...
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 ...
This came in 1999 , when Fabricio Santos and Chris Tyler - Smith at Oxford and
Tanya Karafet and Mike Hammer at the University of Arizona independently
reported that the ancestor of M3 was defined by a marker called 92R7 , named
for an ...
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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