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Before The Dawn: Recovering The Lost History Of...

Nicholas Wade divides Before the Dawn into twelve chapters, which are roughly in the chronological order of the human past. The first chapter, Genetics & Genesis, gives a general overview of the themes that are explored in the book. The central theme is that the human genome provides a record of the human past, including what Wade calls the "two vanished periods" of human evolution and prehistory.[1] Through information from the human genome, Wade proclaims, it is possible to determine when humans lost their body hair and began to wear clothes, to track their migration out of Africa, to discover if they interbred with Neanderthals, and even to reconstruct the evolution of language.[1]

Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of...


Mr. WADE: Well I, I found I was writing many stories about genetics, growing a human genome that was sequenced just three years ago, 2003, and many of them looks into dark corners of the human past that we, had been inaccessible before then. And I conceived the idea of writing this book focused on the most recent 50,000 years of our history. There are many books about fossil skulls and stone tools, and those end about 100,000 years ago. But 50,000 years ago I think is where it really starts to get interesting. That's when the ancestral human population lived. And many of these new genetic findings help explain aspects of our past that we would never have known about, otherwise. So in the book I've tried to weave together all the traditional disagreements that bear on the human past, archeology, paleo-anthropology, historical linguistics, with the thread of genetics as the common theme.

Mr. WADE: Well it, I think it's lost because there are so many, sort of blank pages in our history. You know, from about 50,000 years ago to 15,000, which is when you see the first settlements, there are almost no records left of what we did except for a few stone tools and the painted caves of Europe. It's all gone. So you might think it would be impossible ever to reconstruct what happened then, and yet the genome gives us a way of doing so. At least sketching out the broad outline of what was happening.

2.Wade also mentions several times throughout the book that the ancestral people (meaning the early Homo sapiens circa 50,000 years ago) were so aggressive that it was impossible for them to live in settled communities, and that's why humans did not live in permanent settlements until later in our history when we lost our aggression. Not only is his evidence for this claim extremely slight, but he later contradicts himself by saying that people living in settled communities would have been under constant risk of attack. First of all, he offers no evidence for this. Who would have been constantly trying to attack them? He doesn't say. But if it were true, then doesn't that imply that humans were still freakishly aggressive after they started settling permanently, if there were such frequent rampages against each other? Gahhhh, the holes in logic here hurt my brain. And this is only one example of many.


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