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In Search of Our Ancient Ancestors : From the Big Bang to Modern Britain, in Science and Myth

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What a fine long pedigree you have given the human race. – Charles Darwin to Charles Lyell, 1863.

How is the Royal Family descended from fish? How distantly are we related to dinosaurs? How much of your DNA came from Neanderthals? How are the builders of Stonehenge connected to great-grandpa?

According to science, life first appeared on Earth about 3,500 million years ago. Every living thing is descended from that first spark, including all of us. But if we trace a direct line down from those original life forms to ourselves, what do we find? What is the full story of our family tree over the past 3,500 million years, and how are we able to trace ourselves so far back?

From single-celled organisms to sea-dwelling vertebrates; amphibians to reptiles; tiny mammals to primitive man; the first ****** sapiens to the cave painters of Ice Age Europe and the first farmers down to the Norman Conquest, this book charts not only the extraordinary story of our ancient ancestors but also our 40,000-year-long quest to discover our roots, from ancient origin myths of world-shaping mammoths and great floods down to the scientific discovery of our descent from the Genetic Adam and the Mitochondrial Eve.

This is the amazing story of our ancient ancestors, as told by one of Britain’s leading genealogists.

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"...this book charts not only the extraordinary story of our ancient ancestors, but also our 40000 year old long quest to discover our roots, from ancient origin myths of world shaping mammoths and great floods down to the scientific discovery of our descent from Genetic Adam and the mitochondrial Eve. This is the amazing story of our Ancient ancestors, as told by one of Britain's leading genealogists."
The Highlander, November/ December 2015


"Unusual and fascinating"
Your Family Tree

"all emcompassing...uplifting"
Family Tree

"...the result of a decade's genealogical investigation into what both mythology nd, separately, sciene can really tell us about our ancestry...traces our stpry from the origins of life right down to our evolution into humans, and how the ancestors of the British survived the Ice Age in Europe and in doing so, ignited the sparks of curiosity which led to our own perennial fascination with who we are and where we come from. The book includes an explanation of how genetics helps and how it roots each of us in this magnificent story of Life on Earth in the most meaningful way imaginable."
Reunite Magazine

"It is a clear desire and evidence of our inquiring minds that human beings need to understand our origins - who we are and where we come from. Without doubt, this desire is string in genealogists, explaining our efforts to provide the evidence we need to map out our ancestry from written records. This book takes the enquiring mind much further back - from ancient times and the theories of Hesiod outlining t
Number of Pages: 256
Genre: Reference
Sub-Genre: Genealogy
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Casemate Pub & Book Dist Llc
Author: Anthony Adolph
Language: English
Street Date: October 19, 2015
TCIN: 50850350
UPC: 9781473849211
Item Number (DPCI): 248-12-0538

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