The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey

The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey

by Spencer Wells
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The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that I could never set down. Spencer Wells tells the history of genetic diversity in humans from our first male ancestor in Africa to the present day in great detail. This book describes the history of every main racial group and the development of their cultures and languages. It was very interesting to see what life was like for my own ancestors in neolithic Europe, as well as to realize how closely everyone on Earth is related. The author uses analogies that relate our history to everyday modern life. It was a great read, and I give it 5 stars because I have never been this engrossed in a book like this before. I recommend it for anyone who wants a complete understandding of the cultural and genetic development of our species.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fascinating clearly written account of how the powerful new tool of population genetics has complimented and corrected the older sciences of physical anthropology in revealing the origins and migrations of anatomically modern man. The author is less persuasive when he strays from his area of expertise. For example he mistakenly places the Basque Country to the north-east of Spain,and repeats an incredible speculation that the Basque language was introduced by the Middle Eastern farmers of the Neolithic.
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