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Born in Africa: The Quest for the Origins of Human Life

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Africa does not give up its secrets easily. Buried there lie answers about the origins of humankind. And yet, though vital clues still remain hidden, scientists have over the last century transformed our understanding about the beginnings of human life. In Born in Africa, Martin Meredith follows scientists trail of discoveries about human origins, recounting their intense rivalry, personal feuds, and fierce controversies as well as their feats of skill and endurance. And he limns their momentous accomplishments: Scientists have identified more than twenty species of extinct humans. They have firmly established Africa as the birthplace not only of humankind but also of modern humans. They have revealed how early technology, language ability and artistic endeavour all originated in Africa; and they have shown how small groups of Africans spread out from Africa in an exodus sixty-thousand years ago to populate the rest of the world.

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From the author of The Fate of Africa: a dramatic account of the exploits of anthropologists, archaeologists, and other scientists striving to uncover the mysteries of human origins

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“A lucid summary of the current scientific thinking on the origins of humanity. . . Meredith manages to assemble a cogent and compelling narrative from the occasionally messy history of paleoanthropology.” —The Washington Post

About the Author

Martin Meredith is a journalist, biographer, and historian who has written extensively on Africa and its recent history. He is the author of many books including The Fate of Africa and Diamonds, Gold, and War. He lives near Oxford, England.

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ISBN:
9781610391054
Subtitle:
The Quest for the Origins of Human Life
Author:
Meredith, Martin
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
History of Science-General
Subject:
Biology-Evolution
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20120508
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
including 32-pp.BandW photo inserts on t
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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History and Social Science » Africa » General
History and Social Science » Anthropology » Physical
History and Social Science » Archaeology » General
History and Social Science » World History » Africa
History and Social Science » World History » General
Reference » Science Reference » General
Science and Mathematics » Biology » Evolution
Science and Mathematics » Geology » Paleontology
Science and Mathematics » History of Science » General

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