- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Mariner Books; First Edition first Printing edition (April 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0618352104
- ISBN-13: 978-0618352104
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 46 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mapping Human History: Genes, Race, and Our Common Origins First Edition first Printing Edition
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Still, a lot of the ideas presented are very valid, if you have it around go ahead and read it, but there might be updated material somewhere else, and that's perfectly acceptable, that's science working for us!
sphere of science - history of migration humans from Central Africa across four continents. I consider this book
as a sort of proper sequel of Richard Dawkins's book "The greatest show on Earth". I love both books. Tolaola
Steve covers most of the globe in this quest for common origins: Africa, Middle East, Asia, Australia, and Europe and finally the Americas. The evidence tends to support an African origin. I found the discussion of the settlement of the Americas interesting. The ultimate conclusion of all of this is the commonality of the human species. A case is made for the irrelevance of race; this seems to be a prominent theme throughout the book.
One thing that I found interesting was the fact that written language goes back only to about 3400 BCE. This tends to support the Bible chronology of humans being created only about 6000 years ago (you can't have written history that predates humans), but then this would be in conflict with the genetic findings.
I also read the book The Journey of Man by Spencer Wells which also discusses the genetic history of man. Neither book really discussed, to my satisfaction, exactly how one gets from the genetic variations to the time periods for the existence of humans being promulgated. It would be of value to have more input in this regard.