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Christmas Lecture - Nobel price Winner Svante Pääbo

The Faculty of Biology is proud to host its former faculty member and Nobel price laureate Svante Pääbo for its yearly Christmas talk


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© MPI f. evolutionäre Anthropologie

18.12.23        17 Uhr          Großer Hörsaal B00.019 Biozentrum der LMU

"A Neandertal Perspective on Recent Human Evolution"

Our laboratory has generated high-quality genome sequences from Neandertals and Denisovans, archaic hominins who shared a common ancestor with present-day humans about half a million years ago. Analyses of these genomes show that gene flow occurred among modern human ancestors and archaic hominins. As a consequence, archaic genetic variants occur in present-day people. I will discuss the effects of some of these variants as well as of some variants that appeared and rose to high frequencies in modern humans since their divergence from the archaic hominins.