DNA clues to our inner Neanderthal: Svante Pääbo on

Posted by: Emily McManus

Sharing the results of a massive, worldwide study, Svante Pääbo shows the DNA proof that early humans mated with Neanderthals after we moved out of Africa. (Yes, many of us have Neanderthal DNA.) He also shows how a tiny bone from a baby finger was enough to identify a whole new humanoid species. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2011, July 2011, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Duration: 17:02.)

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  • Michael Horn commented on Aug 30 2011

    Coincidentally, we just released this today:

    …which helps to show that this man, Billy Meier, LONG ago scooped our scientists on this information and dozens and dozens other items.

    Unfortunately, despite the mind-blowing information and implication of the Meier case, my efforts to bring it to TED (over the past two years) have been met with annoyance and condescension. Well, actually they told me not to contact them again.

    I think that anyone who really checks out our documentation will want to know more…unless their belief systems prohibit it. Please also know that I’m glad to provide any additional information, or directions to you it, that you may wish.