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How did the human race populate the world? A group of geneticists have worked on the question for a decade, arriving at a startling conclusion: the "global family tree" can be traced to one African man who lived 60,000 years ago. Dr. Spencer Wells hosts this innovative series, featuring commentary by expert scientists, historians, archaeologists, and anthropologists.
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Exhilarating and Enlightening!

An impressive display of scientific analysis based on a thorough and vigorous review of data gathered over years of research. The "Journey of Man" was an eye-opener and most revealing about the...Read complete review

An impressive display of scientific analysis based on a thorough and vigorous review of data gathered over years of research. The "Journey of Man" was an eye-opener and most revealing about the genesis of mankind and the "out of Africa" theory.

This study and the professional scientists, who performed the research and the DNA results, should put to rest the intrinsic thinking of "race" which accordingly, has no biological significance. I was very impressed with Dr. Spencer Wells' convictions that an in-depth analysis of various peoples' DNA, around the world, would test his hypothesis that humankind began in Africa.

It was extremely interesting to follow the "Journey" of the Africans' trek and to witness the contacts made with indigenous populations at various locations around the world.

Across the broad spectrum, there are no anatomical differences among human beings. This study reveals how African people, considered barbarous, populated the rest of the world. All civilizations, ancient and modern, owe their existence to the Africans' remarkable "Journey".

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Too much ego

This is disappointing in that the focus gravitates toward Well's personal journey. Much more information could have been given on the specific markers used to classify the migratory patterns, especially on what is unique...Read complete review

This is disappointing in that the focus gravitates toward Well's personal journey. Much more information could have been given on the specific markers used to classify the migratory patterns, especially on what is unique to each major group. Some of his assertions about being the first to visit or work with some groups is not really accurate, and the other experts brought in are sort of cherry picked rather than representing the best people to talk to about the various cultures. Less on Wells and more on the actual science would have helped.

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2.0

Too melodramatic, logic gaps, LDTV

By petesalomone

from CT

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The whole show was too melodramatic. That didn't make the content better, it distracted me for the main theme. At times there were gaps in the logic. From 30,000 to 16,000 years ago, south Africa experienced a drought, so most humans left for Australia. BUT these humans moved along the shore of India around 45,000 years ago. SO they left before they needed to. The DVD's original viewing size was about 4" X 7" . . . very disappointing. Is low density standard for PBS?

 
2.0

irritating

By Broadcast TV viewer

from Madison, WI

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I saw this last night. The narrator's explanations could have been both clear and accurate. Instead they were condescending and misleading. Why announce that a particular man is an unusual "direct descendant" of the last common ancestor of Central Asians and Europeans because he has a marker common to all Central Asian and European males while lacking later markers seen in other European and Central Asian males? All Europeans and Central Asians with that first marker are "direct descendants" of that last common ancestor. What is special about this man (Mr. Nyasov) is that his Y chromosome is so similar to that of the last common ancestor of Europeans and Central Asians. This is just one example. I did learn a bit about how Australian aborigines got to Australia. I was left wondering what happened to the reindeer when people came to America.

 
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The Journey of Man Continues

By Dbuff

from COLORADO

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To watch a show that documents the steps of the past and how our steps of today continue with all the genetic content of the past paints a vivid picture of the motion of the tribes of men.

 
5.0

I would and DID by this again!

By Spread the Word...

from Lakewood, CO

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I ordered Journey of Man many years ago in VHS format. The technology has changed faster than the dissemination of this amazing (15 - 20 year old) information. I have seen it at least 8 times and continue to be awed. This video demonstrates how exciting and pertinent the science of Genetics is to All humans. With clarity and humor, it totally eradicates the illusions of separation and race. I purchased a DVD version to share with a friend and high school science teacher.

 
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Journey Of Man

By rzar

from Chicago

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I watched this on PBS, then purchased it. Awesome.. facts.. it blew my mind!!

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