Finding Your Inner Neanderthal with Evolutionary Geneticist Svante Paabo

Svante Paabo is the father of ancient DNA extraction, beginning many years ago with Egyptian mummies. His lecture style is wonderful and understandable. I would love to attend one of his lectures. Today, he is one of two tenured professors in Evolutionary Genetics at Max Planck in Germany.

His speech if in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition of “Genome, Unlocking Life’s Code” at the National Institute of Health.

Archaic Genomics – this video is very similar to the one above although the Q and A at the end is different.  So if you watch the first one, then in the second one, just skip to the end of his lecture.  There Q&A is very worthwhile in both of these videos.

neanderthal manSvante Paabo documented his path to the Neanderthal genome in his marvelous book, Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes recently published. It’s an amazing book, written in a very personal and approachable manner and easily understood by the non-scientist. It’s an amazing story and we’re lucky to have Dr. Paabo to share it with us.

If you carry Asian or European DNA, you have Neanderthal ancestors, and you’ll want to watch these videos and read this book.

 

 

 

 

 

10 thoughts on “Finding Your Inner Neanderthal with Evolutionary Geneticist Svante Paabo

  1. GREETINGS DNA-EXPLAINED/GENETIC GENEALOGY & ALL RECEVING THIS EMAIL!

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  2. OMG Roberta, you amaze me with your posts always right on target with what is going on in my life.

    LOL  went to the Dr yesterday and was told to go on the Paleo Diet.  I started researching it and the first thing I see is a statement that goes something like:

    Your DNA holds the secret to weight loss and health. 

    Then, reading the supplements to one of the vitamins the Dr put me on.  CoQ10 it says “Oxidative stress is detrimental to the integrity of function of cell membranes and tissues, and ultimately to DNA itself”.

    And then you come out with this post!!  So, I’m like, well yeah, I get it now.  LOL

    Wonder if I could write a story titled Learning from my Neanderthal” and get by with it for my 52 Ancestors?  I think I’m gonna try!

    Carla Wallain Davis

  3. Roberta, your blog is just profound! Where else would we be able to see this wonderful video. Hearing about Dr. Paabo’s recent research was a well spent hour. We are living in exciting times.

    Thanks for all your work.

  4. Can you explain to me the connections that have been found between the surnames Tatum and Estes? There are Y-DNA people who are named Estes that turn up on the Tatum DNA Project lists. Also Proctors. What does that mean please?

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