Born in Africa

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. After a century of investigation, scientists have transformed our understanding about the beginnings of human life. But vital clues still remain hidden.

In Born in Africa , Martin Meredith follows the trail of discoveries about human origins made by scientists over the last hundred years, recounting their intense rivalry, personal feuds, and fierce controversies as well as their feats of skill and endurance.

The results have been momentous. 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. We have all inherited an African past.

Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, c2011.
ISBN: 9781586486631
Characteristics: xxiv, 230 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.

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Shenandoah
Jul 08, 2012

Book tells the story of archaeology in two parts. The first focuses on the people who did the discovering, and their competition with each other. The second details the meanings of the discoveries made so far.

joyhuebert Jan 24, 2012

A fascinating overview of the quest to determine human origins. Tells both the scientific story and the human story as the anthropologists square off into bitter conflicts.

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