Tag: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Dem Bones

Svante Pääbo and his team in Leipzig are up to it again, sequencing a 45,000 year-old leg bone found on a riverban in Siberia and revealing more detail about interbreeding between modern humans and our early human cousins, the Neanderthals. No stranger to extracting ancient DNA, Pääbo, the director of ...

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A Gift To Humanity

Here at 23andMe we have an interest in all things Neanderthal, so when none other than Svante Pääbo authored the book Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes we had to check it out. Professor Pääbo, the director of evolutionary genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in ...

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More Neanderthal

Scientists at the University of Washington’s Department of Genome Sciences, report that they can zero in on remnant Neanderthal DNA in modern humans, identifying specific regions in our genome where that ancient DNA resides, and they can do this even without access to actual Neanderthal DNA samples from ...

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A Neanderthal Genome Sheds More Light On Human Evolution

Our favorite ancient cousins, the Neanderthals, are in the news again. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology have sequenced the full genome from the toe bone of a Neanderthal woman who lived in Siberia more than 130,000 years ago. Breathtaking in its quality her genome ...

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Analysis of Ancient DNA Suggests A Previously Unknown Type of Extinct Human Ancestor

Denisova cave from the outside. / Bence Viola. DNA isolated from a tiny bone fragment from the finger of a being that walked the earth between 30,000 and 50,000 years ago has possibly added a new branch to the human family tree. The piece of bone was found in the Denisova Cave in the Altai Mountains, ...

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Novel Techniques Suggest Neanderthal Populations Dwindled in the Face of Expanding Humans

The Neanderthals have always held a special place in the field of anthropology.  The skeletal remains of our short, stocky evolutionary relatives have been found everywhere from Spain to Iraq. Their physical likeness to our own species, and the possibility that humans and Neanderthals may have interacted, ...

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