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    DescriptionAfrica does not give up its secrets easily. Buried there lie answers about the origins of humankind. And yet, though vital clues still remain hidden, scientists have over the last century transformed our understanding about the beginnings of human life. In "Born in Africa," Martin Meredith follows scientists' trail of discoveries about human origins, recounting their intense rivalry, personal feuds, and fierce controversies as well as their feats of skill and endurance. And he limns their momentous accomplishments: Scientists have identified more than twenty species of extinct humans. They have firmly established Africa as the birthplace not only of humankind but also of modern humans. They have revealed how early technology, language ability and artistic endeavour all originated in Africa; and they have shown how small groups of Africans spread out from Africa in an exodus sixty-thousand years ago to populate the rest of the world.

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    Born in Africa
    The Quest for the Origins of Human Life
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Martin Meredith
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 230
    Width: 145 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    ISBN 13: 9781610391054
    ISBN 10: 1610391055

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
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    BIC E4L: SCI
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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/AFRICN
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26100
    BISAC V2.8: HIS001000
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    Libri: I-SE
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    BISAC V2.8: SCI000000
    B&T Approval Code: A33143000
    BISAC V2.8: SCI054000, SOC002020
    B&T Approval Code: A33140000
    BISAC V2.8: SCI027000
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    DC21: 960.1
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    DC22: 569.909678
    LC classification: GN281 .M663 2012
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    Illustrations note
    black & white halftones
    The Perseus Books Group
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    Publication date
    08 May 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Martin Meredith is a journalist, biographer, and historian who has written extensively on Africa and its recent history. He is the author of many books including "The Fate of Africa" and "Diamonds, Gold, and War." He lives near Oxford, England.
    Review quote
    "Kirkus Reivew", April 15, 2011"An appealing account of human evolution and the fiercely competitive anthropologists who are unearthing our ancestors' remains and arguing over what they mean.... The author does a superb job of describing the nuts-and-bolts of field research, the meaning of the often headline-producing findings and the ever-changing variety of species who split off from the common ancestors of chimpanzees and hominids."