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The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey (original 2002; edition 2004)

by Spencer Wells

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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, the author 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, this book is an enthralling, epic tour through the history and development of early humankind.… (more)
Title:The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey
Authors:Spencer Wells
Info:Random House Trade Paperbacks (2004), Paperback, 240 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:@home, read, Adam, Africa, anthropology, archaeology, bioarchaeology, biology, darwin, dna, EVE, evolution, genealogy, genes, genetic anthropology, genetics, genome, history, history of biology, human evolution, human origins, migrations, mDNA, mitochondrial DNA, popular science, population migration, Y chromosome

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A genetic odyssey
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
Extremely intriguing. ( )
  TrgLlyLibrarian | Feb 1, 2015 |
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. ( )
  snash | Nov 10, 2010 |
a great companion to the national geographic's videos. mostly reader-friendly. the graphics, though, are bad. ( )
  anikins | Aug 3, 2006 |
I participated in the National Genographic Project in part to give my father and brother a unique gift for Father's Day. (Apparently our ancestors had wandered in off the steppes after the last Ice Age.) Engagingly written, "The Journey of Man" provides one some sense of, and a greater appreciation for, everyone's deep ancestry. A must for any genealogy library.
  kencf0618 | Oct 14, 2005 |
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The Journey of Man is fascinating and oozes charm. The basic science isn't explained as clearly as it could have been -there's a lot of unhelpful analogising about soup recipes, and the important bits fly by with indecent haste - but it doesn't matter much, because Wells simply overwhelms you with enthusiasm. It's like being assailed by Peter Snow. The late Stephen Jay Gould was once like this, before he contracted a bad case of literature. In spirit, The Journey of Man reminds me a lot of Gould's inspirational first book, Ever Since Darwin . I just hope that Wells's next is another raw, gatling-gun affair, complete with dodgy grammar and unhelpful stuff about soup. Who needs literature when science is this much fun?

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The aim of science is not to open the door to infinite wisdom, but to set a limit to infinite error.
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To my wife, Trendell, and our daughters, Margot and Sasha
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CONTENTS -- List of Maps -- List of Figures -- Preface -- 1: The Diverse Ape -- 2: E Pluribus Unum -- 3: Eve's Mate -- 4: Coasting Away -- 5: Leaps and Bounds -- 6: The Main Line -- 7: Blood from a Stone -- 8: The Importance of Culture -- 9: The Final Big Bang -- Acknowledgements -- Further Reading -- Index of Pictures -- Index.

For reasons of cost, the color photographs are not included in the Random House Trade Paperback (2003), but they may be found at 
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