"Could we all be descendants of an "Adam"? And if Adam existed, who was he, where did he live, and what did he look like? Join leading geneticist and National Geographic Explorer-In-Residence, Spencer Wells, as he embarks on a quest to trace every man's family tree back to an ultimate ancestor.
His extraordinary journey ultimately lands him in Africa where he pinpoints the birthplace of human kind. Using the latest technology in DNA research and forensic anthropology, Wells and others reconstruct the life and face of Adam. Explore a world where science and religion converge as we shed new light on our ancient past in The Search for Adam."
In 5 parts
"The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey"
Documentary from the National Geographic Society based on the book and work by Dr. Spencer Wells, an American geneticist and anthropologist, in which he uses techniques and theories of genetics and evolutionary biology to trace the geographical dispersal of early human migrations out of Africa.
It is now known, on the basis of genetic evidence, that all humans in existence up to 60,000 years ago lived in Africa. The earliest groups of humans are believed to find their present-day descendants among the San people, a group that is now found in western southern Africa. The San are smaller than the Bantu. They have lighter skins, more tightly curled hair, and they share the epicanthal fold with the people of East Asia, such as the Chinese and Japanese.
His extraordinary journey ultimately lands him in Africa where he pinpoints the birthplace of human kind. Using the latest technology in DNA research and forensic anthropology, Wells and others reconstructs the Journey of Man in a Genetic Odyssey."