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Spencer Wells
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Spencer Wells is an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society and Frank H. T. Rhodes Class of ’56 Professor at Cornell University. He leads the Genographic Project, which is collecting and analyzing hundreds of thousands of DNA samples from people around the world in order to decipher how our ancestors populated the planet. Wells received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and conducted postdoctoral work at Stanford and Oxford. He has written two books, The Journey of Man and Deep Ancestry. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, a documentary filmmaker.
 

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The Journey of Man
A Genetic Odyssey
Written by Spencer Wells


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 17, 2004
Price: $16.00

Around 60,000 years ago, a man—genetically identical to modern-day humans—lived in Africa. Every person alive today is believed to have descended from him. How did this real-life Adam wind up as the father of us all? What happened to the descendants of other men who lived at the same time? And... Read more >
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The Journey of Man
A Genetic Odyssey
Written by Spencer Wells


Format: eBook, 240 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: October 31, 2012
Price: $11.99

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Pandora's Seed
Why the Hunter-Gatherer Holds the Key to Our Survival
Written by Spencer Wells


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 13, 2011
Price: $16.00

Ten thousand years ago, the human species made a radical shift in its way of life: We became farmers rather than hunter-gatherers. Although this decision propelled people into the modern world, renowned geneticist and anthropologist Spencer Wells demonstrates that such a dramatic change in lifestyle had a downside that we're only... Read more >
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Pandora's Seed
The Unforeseen Cost of Civilization
Written by Spencer Wells


Format: eBook
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: June 8, 2010
Price: $11.99

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