A preeminent geneticist hunts the Neanderthal and Denisovan genomes to answer the biggest question of them all: how did our ancestors become human?
Neanderthal Man tells the riveting personal and scientific story of the quest to use ancient DNA to unlock the secrets of human evolution. 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 ancient relatives and may hold the key to unlocking the mysteries of where language came from as well as why humans survived while Neanderthals went extinct. Pääbo redrew our family tree and permanently changed the way we think about who we are and how we got here. For readers of Richard Dawkins, David Reich, and Hope Jahren, Neanderthal Man is the must-read account of how he did it.
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About the Author
Svante Pääbo is 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 the New York Times, Newsweek, National Geographic, and The Economist, as well as on NPR, PBS, and BBC. In 2009 Time named him one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Pääbo lives in Leipzig, Germany.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Neanderthal ex Machina 1
Chapter 2 Mummies and Molecules 23
Chapter 3 Amplifying the Past 37
Chapter 4 Dinosaurs in the Lab 49
Chapter 5 Human Frustrations 63
Chapter 6 A Croatian Connection 75
Chapter 7 A New Home 81
Chapter 8 Multiregional Controversies 91
Chapter 9 Nuclear Tests 99
Chapter 10 Going Nuclear 105
Chapter 11 Starting the Genome Project 117
Chapter 12 Hard Bones 129
Chapter 13 The Devil in the Details 143
Chapter 14 Mapping the Genome 153
Chapter 15 From Bones to Genome 159
Chapter 16 Gene Flow? 169
Chapter 17 First Insights 179
Chapter 18 Gene Flow! 185
Chapter 19 The Replacement Crowd 197
Chapter 20 Human Essence? 205
Chapter 21 Publishing the Genome 215
Chapter 22 A Very Unusual Finger 227
Chapter 23 A Neanderthal Relative 239
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The title of this book "Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes" masks the author's repeated and unnecessary references to his bisexual agenda. This is one deception too many for me.