Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes (PERSEUS)
Tuesday • March 4 • 7:30pm
Town Hall Seattle, Downstairs, 1119 8th Avenue
Reading & Book Signing
Some know that humans are descended from the same mitochondrial Eve who lived 200,000 years ago, but few are aware that early humans mated with neanderthals. Geneticist Svante Pääbo has been searching for proof of the connection between humans and neanderthals by analyzing ancient strands of DNA—and hes found it. In Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes, he chronicles this journey from its start with Egyptian mummies to replicating a complete strand of neanderthal DNA. By comparing our basic genetic makeup to that of a neanderthal, Pääbo has redrawn humanity's family tree to show we all have the same roots. His ground-breaking research answers the fundamental question of why homo sapiens survived, but neanderthals died off. A pioneer in the field of ancient DNA, Pääbo is the Director of the Department of Genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
Presented by Town Hall and University Book Store through The Seattle Science Lectures sponsored by Microsoft. Series media sponsorship provided by KPLU.
Tickets are $5.
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.
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