Using DNA to Plumb Human Ancestry

Cover

Nicholas Wade, science reporter for The New York Times, examines what we've learned about our human ancestors using the latest techniques in DNA analysis in his new book, Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors.

The data being analyzed by researchers and detailed in Wade's book has offered clues to such developments as the emergence of language, the development of clothing and domestication of animals.

Related NPR Stories

Books Featured In This Story

Before the Dawn
Before the Dawn

Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors

by Nicholas Wade

Hardcover, 312 pages | purchase

close

Purchase Featured Books

  • Before the Dawn
  • Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors
  • Nicholas Wade

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

Support comes from: