July 21, 2006 Science Magazine
IT'S NEANDERTAL TIME
One hundred fifty years ago this summer, workers mining limestone in a cave
in the Neander Valley near Düsseldorf, Germany, found 16 unusual bones.
First thought to be the remains of a diseased victim, scientists later
determined that they had belonged to a separate species of early human,
which they named Neandertals.
This week, as part of anniversary celebrations, Svante
Pääbo of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig,
Germany, announced he is teaming up with genome sequencing company 454 Life
Sciences Corp. in Branford, Connecticut, to try to sequence the entire
genome of a 45,000-year-old male Neandertal whose bones were found in a cave
near Zagreb, Croatia.
CREDIT: NEANDERTHAL MUSEUM/M. PIETREK
CREDIT: NEANDERTHAL MUSEUM