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Science tells us we're all related—one vast family sharing a common ancestor who lived in Africa 60,000 years ago. But countless questions remain about our great journey from the birthplace of Homo sapiens to the ends of the Earth. How did we end up where we are? When did we get there? Why do we display such a wide range of colors and features? The fossil record offers some answers, but exciting new genetic research reveals many more, since our DNA carries a complete chronicle of our species and its migrations.

In Deep Ancestry, scientist and explorer Spencer Wells shows how tiny genetic changes add up over time into a fascinating story. Using scores of real-life examples, helpful analogies, and detailed diagrams and illustrations, he translates complicated concepts into accessible language and explains exactly how each and every individual's DNA contributes another piece to the jigsaw puzzle of human history. The book takes readers inside the Genographic Project, the landmark study now assembling the world's largest collection of population genetic DNA samples and employing the latest in testing technology and computer analysis to examine hundreds of thousands of genetic profiles from all over the globe.

Traveling backward through time from today's scattered billions to the handful of early humans who are ancestors to us all, Deep Ancestry shows how universal our human heritage really is. It combines sophisticated science with our compelling interest in family history and ethnic identity—and transcends humankind's shallow distinctions and superficial differences to touch the depths of our common origins.

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"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. Wells is the director of the Genographic Project, which collects DNA samples from a wide array of world populations to better understand human history over the last 200,000 years. Wells does a fantastic job distilling both genetics and genetic anthropology into straightforward topics, presenting sophisticated material accessibly without oversimplification. He gives the reader the basic concepts (Y chromosomes, mtDNA, haplogroups, genetic markers) and then proceeds to step through genographic research from its 19th-century origins to the present day. In so doing, he takes the reader back to the 170,000-year-old female genetic ancestor of every person alive today: the so-called African Eve. It is a remarkable journey that will appeal to readers of all backgrounds interested in exploring the science and research behind human evolution, although those with more experience in the sciences may find some of the material elementary." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Launched in 2005, the Genographic Project is the largest genetic study of human migration ever mounted. In this accessible text, Project Director and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Spencer Wells provides an overview of what is understood so far and describes what scientists hope to learn as the project progresses. He uses the stories of five individual program participants as examples for explaining how historical details are gleaned from DNA and exploring the larger issues involved in the research.
Annotation 2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

Launched in 2005, the Genographic Project is the largest genetic study of human migration ever mounted. In this accessible text, Project Director and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Spencer Wells provides an overview of what is understood so far and describes what scientists hope to learn as the project progresses. He uses the stories of five individual program participants as examples for explaining how historical details are gleaned from DNA and exploring the larger issues involved in the research. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Scientist and explorer Wells takes readers inside the Genographic Project, the landmark study now assembling the world's largest collection of population genetic DNA samples and employing the latest in testing technology and computer analysis to examine hundreds of thousands of genetic profiles from all over the globe.

About the Author

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 combines 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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780792262152
Author:
Wells, Spencer
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
Anthropology - Physical
Subject:
Human evolution
Subject:
Life Sciences - Genetics & Genomics
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution - Human
Subject:
Human genetics
Subject:
Genetics
Subject:
Biology-Genetics
Subject:
genetics;dna;anthropology;science;evolution;genealogy;biology;human evolution;non-fiction;history;prehistory
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20061131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
40 B and W ILLUSTRATIONS
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.1 x 5.2 x 1 in 0.8256 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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. Wells is the director of the Genographic Project, which collects DNA samples from a wide array of world populations to better understand human history over the last 200,000 years. Wells does a fantastic job distilling both genetics and genetic anthropology into straightforward topics, presenting sophisticated material accessibly without oversimplification. He gives the reader the basic concepts (Y chromosomes, mtDNA, haplogroups, genetic markers) and then proceeds to step through genographic research from its 19th-century origins to the present day. In so doing, he takes the reader back to the 170,000-year-old female genetic ancestor of every person alive today: the so-called African Eve. It is a remarkable journey that will appeal to readers of all backgrounds interested in exploring the science and research behind human evolution, although those with more experience in the sciences may find some of the material elementary." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Scientist and explorer Wells takes readers inside the Genographic Project, the landmark study now assembling the world's largest collection of population genetic DNA samples and employing the latest in testing technology and computer analysis to examine hundreds of thousands of genetic profiles from all over the globe.
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