Evolution and human origins

Essential books

Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes, by Svante Pääbo. The world’s foremost expert on recovering ancient DNA tells the inside story of what it took to reconstruct the Neanderthal genome. In 2010, his team used samples of bone fragments to revolutionize thinking about Neanderthals and to reveal the existence of a previously unknown form of humanity, the Denisovans. Comparing these ancient genomes with today’s humans confirmed that living humans are the result of interbreeding and that most of us carry a small amount of Neanderthal DNA.

 

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