Piecing in the puzzles of human evolution

December 19, 2013

Neandertals, Denisovans, modern humans: who descended from whom? What researchers have discovered so far - a chronology of the key research results

Neandertal genome project reaches its goal
High-quality Neandertal genome provides novel insights into human origins more
Ancient genome reveals its secrets
Max Planck researchers describe Denisovan genome, illuminating the relationships between Denisovans and present-day humans more
Entire genome of extinct human decoded from fossil
The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, in Leipzig, Germany, has completed the genome sequence of a Denisovan, a representative of an Asian group of extinct humans related to Neandertals. more
Migration: many roads lead to Asia
Contrary to what was previously assumed, modern humans may have populated Asia in more than one migration wave more
Neither Neandertal nor modern human
Genome of extinct Siberian hominin sheds new light on modern human origins more
Svante Pääbo
Ten years after analyzing the human genome scientists have unravelled the DNA of the Neanderthals. The result: Homo sapiens and Neanderthals intermingled. Thus, there is a bit of Neanderthal in most of us. more
The first million have been sequenced
Max Planck researchers in Leipzig decode one million base pairs of the Neandertal genome more
The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and 454 Life Sciences Corporation, in Branford, Connecticut, have announced an ambitious plan to complete a first draft of the Neandertal genome within the next two years.  more

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