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    DescriptionAround 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, Spencer Wells 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, The Journey of Man is an enthralling, epic tour through the history and development of early humankind.


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    Title
    The Journey of Man
    Subtitle
    A Genetic Odyssey
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Spencer Wells
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 172 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780812971460
    ISBN 10: 0812971469
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: AH
    Libri: I-AH
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 710
    BISAC V2.8: SCI029000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26780
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 599.93/8, 599.938
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002020
    B&T Approval Code: A64300000
    BISAC V2.8: SCI027000, SOC002010
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: GN281 .W44 2003
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    10 LINE DRAWINGS; 4 MAPS
    Publisher
    Random House Publishing Group
    Imprint name
    Random House Trade
    Publication date
    17 February 2004
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Review quote
    "Written with much verve, easy to read, and up-to-date on many important developments." --Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza, Stanford University, author of The History and Geography of Human Genes and Genes, Peoples, and Languages "Spencer Wells, whose genetic work has contributed to our understanding of human prehistory, has provided an account of the spread and mixing of the human species from its origin in Africa that is both scientifically accurate and accessible to the nonscientist." --Richard Lewontin, Harvard University, author of It Ain't Necessarily So: The Dream of the Human Genome and Other Illusions "Wells traces our distant history with a mix of clarity and charm that's rare among scientists. He makes the complexities of population genetics wonderfully clear." --"The New York Times Book Review "
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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, Spencer Wells 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, The Journey of Man is an enthralling, epic tour through the history and development of early humankind.