Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes by Svante PääboNeanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes by Svante Pääbo

Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes

bySvante Pääbo

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ONE OF AMAZON'S TOP 100 BOOKS OF 2014

Neanderthal Mantells the story of geneticist Svante Pääbo's mission to answer this question: what can we learn from the genomes of our closest evolutionary relatives? 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 Mandescribes 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 hominid relatives and may hold the key to unlocking the mystery of why humans survived while Neanderthals went extinct. Pääbo's findings have not only redrawn our family tree, but recast the fundamentals of human history#151;the biological beginnings of fully modernHomo sapiens, the direct ancestors of all people alive today.

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Svante Pääbois the founder of the field of ancient DNA. The director of the department of genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Pääbo has been featured in theNew York Times,Newsweek,National Geographic, andThe Economist, as well as on NPR, PBS, and BBC. In 2009Timenamed him one of the 100 Most I...
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Title:Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost GenomesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:March 24, 2015Publisher:Basic BooksLanguage:English

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“If Pääbo weren't such a good storyteller, the book might have bogged down with descriptions of things like the different techniques of polymerase chain reaction, and all it takes to build a clean lab. But he's a clever enough writer to keep the reader's attention with a fast-paced story and wonderful details.”—23andMe blog“This is a fascinating story of how modern science and especially computer technology is opening vistas onto our prehistoric history.”—The Explorers Journal“Pääbo provides a fascinating look at how his personal life intersected with the founding of a scientific field that has revolutionized evolution.”—Science News