I can’t believe that is has been 15 years since Spencer Wells wrote The Journey of Man – but it has.
For those who aren’t familiar, this groundbreaking book and documentary were the first of their kind, serving as incredible inspiration as well as a boon for DNA testing.
If you haven’t seen the documentary, and even if you have, I’d strongly recommend watching on YouTube, here. The YouTube version is half an hour longer than the National Geographic documentary because about one third of the original PBS version, now available on YouTube, got left on the cutting room floor when the Nat Geo documentary was produced.
I watched the original documentary several years ago and I enjoyed watching this version every bit as much.
For an upcoming Insitome podcast later in January, Spencer, along with Razib Khan, is going to revisit The Journey of Man. So very much has been learned in the past 15 years, even though it does seem only like the blink of an eye.
Questions for Spencer?
After watching the original Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey video, do you have questions for Spencer?
If so, you’re in luck, because Spencer is asking for your input.
For this Journey of Man Redux episode, we’d love to get your thoughts on what we should include – questions left unanswered in the film/book, peoples or places we should look at in greater detail, or simply your favorite scenes.
Spencer will be following along!
This is an extremely rare opportunity to have your questions addressed by the founder of the Genographic Project. I guarantee you, I have a list of questions!
A New Neanderthal
The Insitome podcasts are available at the iTunes store, here. Depending on your computer, you may only need to click on the blue “Podcast website” link on the bottom left.
If that doesn’t work, you’ll need to install iTunes on your system. Click on “View in iTunes,” following the prompts to install iTunes on your PC. Then, after iTunes is installed, click on the “Podcast website” link.
As luck would have it, today, Spencer is introducing the podcast, “Neander-Me, Part 1” focused on “what it means to be 2% Neanderthal that includes an interview with John Hawks via Skype from the Rising Star excavation in South Africa last fall.”
Part 2 of this series is scheduled to follow next week.
I reviewed my own Neanderthal results in the article, Insitome’s Fun Neanderthal and Metabolism Apps.
Take a look at the Neanderthal info, but don’t forget to watch the Journey of Man video and submit your questions to Spencer in a comment.
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