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    DescriptionAfrica does not give up its secrets easily. Buried there lie answers about the origins of humankind and the dawn of civilisation. Through a century of archaeological investigation, scientists have transformed our understanding of the beginnings of human life, although vital clues still remain hidden. In Born in Africa, Martin Meredith follows the trail of discoveries about our human origins made by scientists over the last hundred years, as well as describing the history of scholarship in this incredibly exciting field. He relates the intense rivalries, personal feuds and fierce controversies that shaped the study and perception of Africa, and recounts the feats of skill and endurance that have illuminated thousands of years of human evolution. The results have been momentous. Scientists have identified more than twenty species of extinct humans and firmly established Africa as the birthplace not only of humankind, but also of our own species: homo sapiens, the modern human. Scientific study has revealed how early technology, language ability and artistic endeavour all originated in Africa, and scientists have shown how, in an exodus sixty thousand years ago, small groups of Africans left their birthplace to populate the rest of the world. We all have an African legacy, and in this fascinating and informative book Martin Meredith leads us back to the place where we have rediscovered our common human heritage.


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    Title
    Born in Africa
    Subtitle
    The Quest for the Origins of Human Life
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Martin Meredith
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 153 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 556 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781847372444
    ISBN 10: 1847372449
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: SCI
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1H
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.9T
    BIC subject category V2: HBJH
    Ingram Theme: CULT/AFRICN
    BISAC V2.8: HIS001000
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    BIC subject category V2: PSXE
    BISAC V2.8: SCI054000, SOC002020, SCI027000
    BIC subject category V2: 1H
    DC22: 960.1, 599.938096
    Thema V1.0: NK, JHM, NHH, PSAJ, RBX
    Publisher
    Simon & Schuster Ltd
    Imprint name
    Simon & Schuster Ltd
    Publication date
    07 July 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    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 State of Africa: A History of the Continent Since Independence; Mugabe: Power, Plunder, and the Struggle for Zimbabwe, and Mandela: A Biography. He lives near Oxford.
    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."