The speed at which researchers are embracing the study of the Neandertal and other ancient genomes is surprising even Svante Pääbo, writes Ewen Callaway at Nature News. Pääbo, from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, published both the Neandertal genome and the genome of the Denisovans, another group of archaic humans. And other researchers have taken up analysis of those genomes — for example, Callaway says that John Hawks from the University of Wisconsin-Madison has noted on his blog that Denisovans did not have red hair. Pääbo adds that he gets many e-mails asking about using ancient DNA. "Maybe we should write a little booklet called archaic genomics for dummies," Pääbo says.
Ancient Genomics Catches On
Aug 15, 2011