Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors
Nicholas Wade’s articles are a major reason why the science section has become the most popular, nationwide, in the New York Times. In his groundbreaking Before the Dawn, Wade reveals humanity’s origins as never before—a journey made possible only recently by genetic science, whose incredible... show more
Nicholas Wade’s articles are a major reason why the science section has become the most popular, nationwide, in the New York Times. In his groundbreaking Before the Dawn, Wade reveals humanity’s origins as never before—a journey made possible only recently by genetic science, whose incredible findings have answered such questions as: What was the first human language like? How large were the first societies, and how warlike were they? When did our ancestors first leave Africa, and by what route did they leave? By eloquently solving these and numerous other mysteries, Wade offers nothing less than a uniquely complete retelling of a story that began 500 centuries ago.
Publish date: March 27th 2007
Pages no: 314
Edition language: English
I found the end of this book to be the most interesting of the whole book. I liked the first part, but I'm completely dumbfounded by the end!
I found the beginning of this book - in fact, the first 8 chapters - utterly fascinating. A clear, intelligent, well-written account of all the essentials of modern thinking on biological and cultural evolution from the emergence of man 1.7 million years ago, thorugh the migration out of Africa (c. ...
Read By..........: Alan Sklar Genre............: Nonfiction; UnabridgedFront loaded interest, tum-te-dum middle, yawning by the end.
"Finally, I understand prehistory"I wanted a good book on prehistory, and this was it. Once you start this one, you won't want to stop listening. It is that good and exciting. The only thing is this book will ruin it for you for other books about the early development of man. Sit back and enjoy a su...
The first half of this book was really interesting, I kept wanting to go find somebody and say Hey! Did you know that.... lice adapted to living in clothing by developing different kinds of claws? Neandertal dominated Europe for thousands of years? And so on. Wonderful stuff. But by about page 200...