Before The Dawn: Recovering The Lost History Of Our Ancestors

Paperback | March 27, 2007

byNicholas Wade

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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.

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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: W...

Nicholas Wade received a BA in natural sciences from King’s College, Cambridge. He was the deputy editor of Nature magazine in London and then became that journal’s Washington correspondent. He joined Science magazine in Washington as a reporter and later moved to The New York Times, where he has been an editorial writer, concentrating...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.3 × 5.4 × 0.7 inPublished:March 27, 2007Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:014303832X

ISBN - 13:9780143038320

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very readable and most interesting This is an excellent read for the non-specialist (like me). It is clearly organized, very readable, and full of both current and interesting information. If you want an introduction to the theories about where man cam from, and how she developed into fully modern human both anatomically and socially I recommend this without reservarion.
Date published: 2009-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent treatment of mankind's "lost history" This is not a large book, but the subject matter it covers (effectively, the pre-history of modern human beings) is enormous, so it is surprising just how much Wade manages to cram into this slim volume. His book considers the most important and convincing theories concerning mankind's evolution from our emergence from Africa to the foundations of modern civilization and packages them in a well-written, intelligent yet not overly academic style. He examines evidence from archaeology, genetics, linguistics, anthropology, sociology, and zoology to paint a convincing picture of the fascinating journey of humanity's growth from hunter-gatherers to historic times. Occasionally a bit too sure of himself, Wade's book is nevertheless a great addition to the book-shelf of anyone interested in the subject.
Date published: 2008-01-21

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Meaty, well-written. (Kirkus Reviews)

Impeccable, fearless, responsible and absorbing . . . Bound to be the gold standard in the field for a very long time. (Lionel Tiger, Rutgers University)

Timely and informative. (The New York Times Book Review)

By far the best book I have ever read on humanity’s deep history. (E. O. Wilson)