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Out of Eden: The Peopling of the World Paperback – July 29, 2004
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In the US, this book is available directly from Amazon as "The Real Eve: Modern Man's Journey Out of Africa." Judging from the TOC, the books are the same, but the American edition is cheaper and will probably arrive faster.
You would think that science is all based on hard facts but this book also shows how a lot of academic "in-fighting" takes place concerning how to interpret it all. Robert Oppenheimer put some effort into proving why he is right and a number of other are wrong. His arguments are strong but maybe a little less of arguing against others and for his views would have been better.
The Book was copyrighted in 2003. In just ten years a lot has happened in this field and it shows. Robert Oppenheimer states that there are no evidence that we have interbreed with the Neanderthals but now we know through the research of Svante Pääbo at the Max Plank institute that we have. Mr Pääbo has also found the Denisov human in Siberia that was unknown in 2003. Also Robert Oppenheimer mentions work ongoing in Flores but of course he could not have known about Homo floresiensis discovered in 2004.
None of this makes the book less readable but you wish that it was updated or a new book on the same subject would be published.Read more ›
But I don't very trust the story the book tells. The author first discredit himself by the argument he used to rebuff the idea that Mongoloid people were evolved through severe cold adaptation. He said though the evidences are compelling but he don't believe it because, his Asian wife is less cold-tolerating than him...
Be cautious to the remarks in the book. Sometimes the detailed information tells the story that "A>B", but the author's introductory or concluding remark, by some misleading wording, hints that "B>A". For example his wording might impress readers that the dominating Y-chromosome of native American are from a Caucasian-related population, while the scientific material he referred to says another story.
The "theory" that the second migration to American after the LGM was originated from Beringia is also a shaky story...
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Somewhat dated now on the latest genomic data, linguistic decomposition and archaeological site discoveries but still builds a good case for the "Out of Africa Theory" and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by oteast
Unless you're an archeology major or buff, don't bother to buy this book! I don't know why all these archeologists think they can write general interest history books, but most... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jennifer Foy
A fine researcher, broad concepts of human migration and evolution.Published 19 months ago by Robin Timothy Day
Nicely written; carried the reader along through new ideas. Addressed the age-old question of: where do we come from? A fresh take on this subject.Published 20 months ago by Carol
A very interesting read, wonderful story.Just buy and read it (you should also read: A short history of nearly everything by Bill Bryson)Published on December 6, 2013 by madelon vonhoff