DNA enthusiasts, book recommendation


Author Nicholas Wade is a former staff writer for the Science Times section of the NY Times. In Before the Dawn, he discusses humanity’s origins, a story that began 500-centuries ago . Wade’s narrative is based on recent developments in genetic science. A few of the topics he covers include: what our ancient human ancestors were like, the first human language, when our ancestors left Africa and the routes they used. The book will be especially interesting to those who have (or close relatives of) taken a Y-DNA test as it helps tie together test results with the journey out of Africa.

Before the Dawn – 2006 – Penguin Press

Find it at your public library. New and used copies in hardcover and paperback are readily available for purchase — as well as a Kindle version.