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Meeting the Family: One Man's Journey through His Human Ancestry

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Donovan Webster brings his vivid journalistic gifts to a new subject, tracing our deep genealogy using cutting-edge DNA research to map our eons-old journey from prehistoric Africa into the modern world. With thesame genetic haplotype as many white American males, Webster makes an ideal subject--he is a genuine Everyman. While his voice and spirit are unique to him, in exploring his own ancestry, he shows us ourown.

Drawing on National Geographic's Genographic Project, the largest anthropologic DNA study of its kind, Webster traces centuries of migrations, everywhere finding members of his nowfar-flung genetic family. In Tanzania's Rift Valley, he hunts with Julius, whose tribe speaks a click language, and wanders the ruins of ancient Mesopotamia with Mohamed and Khalid, now Jordanian citizens. InSamarkand, Uzbekistan, eastern frontier of his ancestral roaming, a circus ringmaster becomes both friend and link to his primal bloodline.

Webster's genographic quest leads him to contemplatewhat traits he shares with those he meets, and considers what they and their ways of life reveal about the deep history of our species. A lifetime of journalistic travels among a wide range of cultures furnish Webster witha wealth of colorful threads to weave into a story as particularly personal as it is universally human.

Synopsis:

The author relates his DNA-guided quest for his ancestry, which took him through time and across continents, learning lessons about evolution, genetics and the amazing diversity of human culture along the way. (Genetics).

About the Author

Donovan Webster has written three books, including the prize-winning Aftermath: The Remnants of War. He has also written for major magazines such as Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and the New York Times,/i magazine.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781426206047
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Subject:
Science : Life Sciences - Genetics & Genomics
Foreword:
Wells, Spencer
Author:
Wells, Spencer
Author:
Webster, Donovan
Subject:
Life Sciences - Genetics & Genomics
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Anthropology - Physical
Subject:
Genetics
Subject:
Biology-Genetics
Subject:
Nature Studies-Genetics
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
April 2010
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
304

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» History and Social Science » Sociology » General
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» Science and Mathematics » Biology » Genetics

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