Thursday, February 19, 2009

Neanderthal Revealed

Svante Paabo and colleagues at the Max Planck Institute have completed a rough draft of the Neanderthal genome. It's an extraordinary accomplishment and will yield insights into our mysterious brethren. Genomic studies will also tell a great deal about our common ancestor Homo erectus. It's always worth remembering that we are the last of the great and varied Homo genus.


(image credit: Neanderthal skeleton, AMHN, wikipedia.org)