The Real Eve by Stephen Oppenheimer
Modern Man's Journey Out of Africa

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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.
 

About Stephen Oppenheimer

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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.
 
Published July 1, 2003 by Basic Books. 320 pages
Genres: Science & Math, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Specialists may grumble about Oppenheimer’s playing in their yard, but it’s clear throughout that he’s done his homework and acquired a good command of the scholarly literature in physical anthropology and population genetics, even if his presentation is sometimes a little too breezy (“Since many...

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"There was only one main Exodus of modern humans from Africa, and no more," writes medical doctor and researcher Oppenheimer (Eden in the East), taking on advocates of "multiregional" origins and those who believe there were several exoduses out of Africa.

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Pittsburgh Post Gazette

In a groundbreaking, two-hour Discovery Channel documentary Sunday at 9 p.m., "The Real Eve" follows a trail of genetic evidence to an actual prehistoric woman whose unique DNA signature can be found in every living human being.

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