Thomas Mailund points out an interview with Svante Pääbo at the Edge. There, in a video, Pääbo discusses his work analyzing the Neandertal genome. He says that in his team's papers there is "absolute proof that [Neandertals] didn't contribute mitochondrial DNA" to the human genome, though they are still investigating whether they made contributions to other stretches. He also touches on the FOXP2 gene and wonders if Neandertals had survive to today, whether they would be living in a zoo or in suburbia.
Jul 14, 2009