So – we now have data and papers relating to some genome sequencing of DNA apparently from a Neanderthal fossil. I must say, even though I am a skeptic of much of the work on ancient DNA, I find the idea of sequencing the genome of a Neanderthal to be pretty cool. Perhaps more importantly than the scientific uses of this information, the sequencing is a brilliant public relations coup for genome sequencing. It is also a potentially useful tool in science and evolution education.
I will spare everyone my worries the scientific value of this work for now and am just using this post to collect links that I have found to be useful regarding Neandethal ancient DNA.
- Open Access Review on Ancient DNA (from PLoS Biology)
- NY Times article by Nick Wade from July
- Smithsonian Site on Neanderthals
- Neanderthal Museum
- Wikipedia entry on Neanderthals
- Smithsonian Magazine article on Svante Paabo
I will add more links in the next few days – or people can add them with comments