The Real Eve: Modern Man's Journey Out of Africa

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Carroll & Graf, 2003 - Social Science - 440 pages
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Out of one, and only one, major exodus from Africa 80,000 years ago by migratory African ancestors was the entire non-African world in all its racial and cultural diversity ultimately populated—so argues Stephen Oppenheimer in this groundbreaking volume that has stirred heated controversy among authorities in geology, linguistics, archaeology, and anthropology. Thoroughly researched and meticulously argued, with dramatic evidence garnered from recent advances in the field of genetics through DNA analysis, Oppenheimer traces the evolution of modern humankind out of a common African ancestry. For again and again, Oppenheimer's extensive genealogical research, based on our gender-specific so-called Adam and Eve genes, has led him straight back to Africa and placed him in direct opposition to the multiregionalists. Whereas they maintain that archaic human populations, like the Neanderthals in Europe and Homo erectus in the Far East, evolved locally into the races we know today, Oppenheimer establishes that European Neanderthals, for instance, are not ancestors of modern humans but cousins who have stemmed from the same African root. Unsettling long-established anthropological and cultural assumptions—and prejudices—Oppenheimer's provocative exploration of our human origins provides a fresh new perspective on the nature of the human destiny that all of us share.

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Within the study of modern human origins, two camps exist: supporters of the out-of-Africa theory believe that a single migration from Africa resulted in the peopling of Europe and Asia, while ... Read full review

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Pure fantasy. Mitochondrial Eve and the Recent Out of Africa theory were based on the misguided beliefs that there was no recombination of mitochondrial DNA and that the so-called "molecular clock" was valid and accurate. Both these beliefs turned out to be misguided: mtDNA is inherited from BOTH mother and father and mutations do NOT occur on some sort of predictable schedule as suggested by the molecular clock theory. Once the cultish politically correct pseudo-scientists fall away as they should have long ago, we can get back to exploring the valid, clearly obvious multiregional hypothesis with the seriousness and attention it deserves yet has been deprived of thanks to a few misguided minds. 

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Stephen Oppenheimer is a British physician who for most of the past two decades has extensively researched tropical disease in Asia. The author of numerous articles for medical and scientific journals, he has written one other book, Eden in the East: The Drowned Continent of Southeast Asia. He currently lives in Oxford.

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