Paabo passionately chronicles his personal story, from graduate school through the culmination of the Neanderthal project 30 years later, and the scientific implications of this exciting research.... In accessible prose, Paabo presents the science so that laypersons will understand the nature and import of his work. But it's his discussion of the scientific process that steals the show.... He discusses what it took to build a case tight enough to convince even the most skeptical of colleagues and he goes on to demonstrate that scientific knowledge is cumulative and ever-evolving. --Booklist
It is a rare thing to read about an important development in science by its principal innovator, written in the spirit and style in which the research unfolded. "Neanderthal Man" is a dispatch from the front, and if you want to learn how real science is really done, I suggest you read it." --Publishers Weekly starred review
[A] revealing glimpse into the inner workings of scientific research.... Since Neanderthals are our closest evolutionary relatives, the author's work in decoding Neanderthal DNA gives scientists a way to understand how we differ genetically from them and offers the opportunity to learn what genetic changes have made humans unique on this planet. --Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Svante Paabo is the founder of the field of ancient DNA. The director of the department of genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Paabo has been featured in the "New York Times," "Newsweek," "National Geographic," and "The Economist," as well as on NPR, PBS, and BBC. In 2009 "Time" named him one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Paabo lives in Leipzig, Germany.