Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes

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5.4 X 8.1 X 0.8 inches | 0.55 pounds

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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.


"Pääbo provides a riveting, personal account of the development of paleogenetics and the technical revolution that made the field possible."--Science
"If there is one name associated with ancient DNA, it is Svante Pääbo.... Neanderthal Man is perfectly timed, beautifully written and required reading."--Nature
"Pääbo has provided us with a fabulous account of three decade of research into ancient DNA, culminating in 2010 with the publication of the Neanderthal genome."--New York Review of Books
"Pääbo provides a fascinating look at how his personal life intersected with the founding of a scientific field that has revolutionized evolution." --Science News
"Pääbo paints a picture of how a major scientific advance rose out of a mix of politics, persuasion, careful management, and struggles with technology and technique. For that alone, it's valuable."--Ars Technica
"Neanderthal Man is a revealing history of a new scientific field."--Carl Zimmer, New York Times Book Review
"Highly recommended." --Choice
"The world's foremost expert on recovering ancient DNA tells the inside story of what it took to reconstruct the Neanderthal genome."--The Christian Century, Essential Books on Evolution and Human Origins
"This is a fascinating story of how modern science and especially computer technology is opening vistas onto our prehistoric history." --The Explorers Journal
"Scientific understanding of earlier humans is fast evolving. For the nonce, this is a go-to volume on the subject for serious readers." --Library Journal
"[T]his book is a vibrant testimonial to what might be the greatest creation of modern humans: the scientific method." --Salon