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.

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