The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Journey of Man Leading geneticist and television personality Wells uses cutting-edge science to rewrite the fascinating story of man's early ancestors, as seen in the companion PBS/National Geographic special.
- Published: 17 February 2004
- Format: Paperback 240 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780812971460 ISBN 10: 0812971469
- Sales rank: 119,908
Full description for The Journey of Man
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.