Neanderthal Man

Neanderthal Man

In Search of Lost Genomes

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What can we learn from the genomes of our closest evolutionary relatives?

Neanderthal Man tells the story of geneticist Svante Pääbo's mission to answer this question, and recounts his ultimately successful efforts to genetically define what makes us different from our Neanderthal cousins. Beginning with the study of DNA in Egyptian mummies in the early 1980s and culminating in the sequencing of the Neanderthal genome in 2010, Neanderthal Man describes the events, intrigues, failures, and triumphs of these scientifically rich years through the lens of the pioneer and inventor of the field of ancient DNA.

We learn that Neanderthal genes offer a unique window into the lives of our hominin relatives and may hold the key to unlocking the mystery of why humans survived while Neanderthals went extinct. Drawing on genetic and fossil clues, Pääbo explores what is known about the origin of modern humans and their relationship to the Neanderthals and describes the fierce debate surrounding the nature of the two species' interactions. His findings have not only redrawn our family tree, but recast the fundamentals of human history--the biological beginnings of fully modern Homo sapiens, the direct ancestors of all people alive today.

A riveting story about a visionary researcher and the nature of scientific inquiry, Neanderthal Man offers rich insight into the fundamental question of who we are.
Publisher: New York :, Basic Books,, [2014]
ISBN: 9780465020836
0465020836
Branch Call Number: 569.986 PAA NVD
Characteristics: ix, 275 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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culufin
Nov 25, 2015

Amazing book! Very easy to read, although contains some special vocabulary. But we all read books to extent the borders of our knowledge, so I don't see it as a problem.
Again, Paabo is very sincere in every aspect, including even private ones, which makes this book so special.

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stewstealth
Aug 31, 2015

This book looks at the author's team of scientists who over many years progressively mapped the nuclear DNA of the Neanderthals. This showed that Europeans and Asians had DNA attributes that showed intermixing with modern Humans and Neanderthals. Additionally this research showed that the Out of Africa approach to Human evolution was not accurate. Part of this book is about the painstaking processes that the research team was forced into to accurately prove that the DNA was not contaminated. Definitely worth reading if you are interested.

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petehoover98118
Oct 10, 2014

For anyone interested in human evolution, this is a must-read.

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