An Archaic Perspective on Human Origins

Svante Pääbo
Monday, March 10, 2014 - 15:00
Bren Hall 4L, Room 4016

Currently a distinguished fellow at UCSB's Sage Center for the Study of the Mind, Svante Pääbo is the founding Director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig and Director of the Department of Genetics. An expert in evolutionary genetics, Dr. Pääbo aims to gain a better understanding of the origin, time and early migrations of humans and their closest relatives by comparative DNA sequencing in humans, chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans. He also uses methods for the retrieval of DNA sequences from archaeological and paleontological  remains to elucidate the history of humans and Pleistocene mammals. Dr. Pääbo has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, and The Economist, as well as on NPR, PBS, and BBC. In 2007 Time named him one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. His most recent book is Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes (2014, Basic Books).