Neanderthal Man

Neanderthal Man

In Search of Lost Genomes

Book - 2014
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"What can we learn from the genes of our closest evolutionary relatives? Neanderthal Man tells the story of geneticist Svante Paabo's mission to answer that question, beginning with the study of DNA in Egyptian mummies in the early 1980s and culminating in his sequencing of the Neanderthal genome in 2009. From Paabo, we learn how 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, Paabo 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. 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, [2014]
ISBN: 9780465020836
0465020836
Branch Call Number: 569.986 PAABO
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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