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    DescriptionThe 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 colours and features? Such questions are even more amazing in light of genetic evidence that we are all related - descended from a common African ancestor who lived only 60,000 years ago. Thanks to new genetic testing methods, we now know that the greatest history book ever written is the one hidden in our DNA. In Deep Ancestry", geneticist and explorer Spencer Wells unravels the slight changes in our DNA over time to tell the ancient story of our shared human journey. He also details the current work of The Genographic Project - the landmark five-year study, already underway at ten research laboratories around the globe, that will assemble the world's largest collection of DNA samples to map how humankind populated the planet.He describes how, over the next five years, the Project will use sophisticated computer analysis of DNA contributed by hundreds of thousands of people - including indigenous populations and the general public - to reveal man's migratory history and to better understand the connections and differences that make up the human race. The narrative works backward, starting from today and gradually working its way to humankind's common ancestors.From the beginning, the book taps into a reader's interest in genealogy, family history, and ethnic identity. Most of us have a decent sense of our family history, but eventually we all hit a brick wall. DNA takes us beyond it, and this is the unifying theme that will lead us from the stories of the present into the realm of deep ancestry. "Deep Ancestry" represents the very latest research on where we came from and relates them to our own personal quest to discover the deep ancestry behind our family genealogies and touch the depths of our common origins.


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    Title
    Deep Ancestry
    Subtitle
    Inside the Genographic Project
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Spencer Wells
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 264 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781426201189
    ISBN 10: 1426201184
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    BIC subject category V2: PDZ
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HBTG
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: PSAK
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26100
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T General Subject: 710
    BISAC V2.8: SCI029000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SCI000000
    B&T Approval Code: A33143000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 599.935
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002020
    B&T Approval Code: A64300000
    BISAC V2.8: SCI027000
    DC22: 599.93/5
    LC classification: QH371 .W45 2007
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: JHM, PSAK, PSAJ
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    b&w
    Publisher
    National Geographic Society
    Imprint name
    National Geographic Society
    Publication date
    18 September 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Hanover, PA
    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 mixes 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.
    Review quote
    "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"