April 25, 2014
Neanderthals Are People, Too (SVANTE PAABO, APRIL 24, 2014, NY Times)
[M]y research group and I have worked to sequence the genome of a Neanderthal, the closest evolutionary relative of all present-day humans. We have also sequenced a genome from a small bone excavated in a Russian cave close to the border with China; this genome came from a previously unknown Asian relative of the Neanderthals -- a group that we call the Denisovans.These ancient genomes show that the Neanderthals were genetically very similar to us. In fact, for most of the genome, some people living today are closer to the Neanderthals than to other people.
Posted by Orrin Judd at April 25, 2014 6:47 PM