Deep Ancestry: The Genographic Project

Deep Ancestry: The Genographic Project


By (author) Spencer Wells

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  • Publisher: National Geographic Books
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 206mm x 25mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 23 November 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Washington
  • ISBN 10: 0792262158
  • ISBN 13: 9780792262152
  • Illustrations note: col
  • Sales rank: 968,881

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The fossil record locates human origins in Africa, but little is known about the great journey that took Homo sapiens to the far reaches of the Earth. How did we, each of us, end up where we are? Why do we appear in such a wide array of different colors?

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Author information

Spencer Wells is an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society and the director of the Genographic Project. After studying under genetic pioneer Luigi Cavalli-Sforza at Stanford University, he began an unusual career that combines science, writing, and filmmaking. His acclaimed first book, "The Journey of Man, " combined his own DNA research with the work of archaeologists, paleoanthropologists, paleoclimatologists, and linguists to show how modern humans came to populate the planet.

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"In this concise and well-written work, Wells "(The Journey of Man)" provides an accessible introduction to genetic anthropology, the study of human history using genetic evidence. It is a remarkable journey that will appeal to readers of all backgrounds interested in exploring the science and research behind human evolution." "--Publishers Weekly" "Wells ends the book with an invitation to take part in the project... This is a rare chance to not only learn about ourselves, but to contribute in a worldwide scientific experiment." "--Bookpage" "From the Trade Paperback edition."