Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Pääbo, Svante

Swedish molecular biologist, Director of the Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Leipzig; one of the first technicians to consistently extract ancient DNA from a variety of fossil specimens. Using the PCR technique, Pääbo and his colleagues have extracted DNA from Egyptian mummy tissue, Paleoindian bone, and the bones of Neandertals. In the latter case, he has suggested that Neandertals may not be closely related (i.e. ancestral) to AMHs. He has published extensively, including ‘Neandertal DNA sequences and the origin of modern human’, Cell 90(1): 19-30 (1997).

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