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Out of Eden : the peopling of the world

Author: Stephen Oppenheimer
Publisher: London : Constable, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In 1988, Newsweek broke the news that everyone alive on the planet today carries DNA that can be traced back to a single woman living in Africa over 150,000 years ago. Modern humans are truly "out of Africa." But how, when, and why we left our motherland was open to question and until very recently most experts believed that many waves of ex-African migration has resulted in a gradual populating of the world."  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Oppenheimer
ISBN: 1841196975 9781841196978
OCLC Number: 52195607
Description: xxi, 440 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps, portraits (some color) ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Stephen Oppenheimer.
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The question of how the world was first peopled by modern humans is one of the most controversial in science. This book presents new findings that radically challenge our existing views of humanity's  Read more...

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