The Science Shelf
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Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes recounts the author's work in the field of ancient DNA, describes how he arranged the first successful effort to sequence the entire Neanderthal genome, and offers some starting revelations about the process and its newfound implications for mankind's origins. It starts with his study of DNA in ancient Egyptian mummies and covers the methods used for extracting DNA from ancient bones. Chapters connect genetic studies and paleontological records with the debate surround the relationships between modern humans and Neanderthals. The result is a lively chronicle suitable for general-interest readers, paleontology and anthropology students, and any with an interest in genomes.