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Before the Dawn

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Before the Dawn

Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors

By Nicholas Wade

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143038320, 314pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2007

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.

About the Author
Nicholas Wade received a BA in naturalsciences from King s College, Cambridge. He was thedeputy editor of"Nature"magazine in London and thenbecame that journal s Washington correspondent. Hejoined"Science"magazine in Washington as a reporter andlater moved to"The New York Times," where he has beenan editorial writer, concentrating on issues of defense, space, science, medicine, technology, genetics, molecularbiology, the environment, and public policy, a sciencereporter, and a science editor."

Praise For Before the Dawn

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 humanitys deep history. (E. O. Wilson)