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Museum presents “Human Evolution as Revealed by a Neandertal”

RALEIGH — Neandertals are our closest extinct relatives. They diverged from a common ancestor with humans about 300,000 years ago. Mysteriously, they disappeared from the fossil record about 30,000 years ago. Join Dr. Richard Edward Green for a discussion of “Human Evolution as Revealed by a Neandertal,” at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences on Thursday, March 1 at 7pm. Free.

Green is Assistant Professor of Biomolecular Engineering in the Baskin School of Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He recently collected genome-scale DNA sequence data from three Neandertal bones that are about 40,000 years old. Comparison of these data to genome sequences from living humans revealed that Neandertals contributed genes to some currently living humans. Green is currently contrasting genetic variation in humans to that in Neandertals to detect the regions of our genome that underlie human-specific biology.

Come early (6pm) for a reception and to talk to anthropology and paleontology students from area universities about their research projects.

For more information contact: Miranda Wood, miranda.wood@naturalsciences.org, 919.733.7450 x523.

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, located at 11 West Jones Street in downtown Raleigh, documents and interprets the natural history of the state of through exhibits, research, collections, publications and educational programming. Visit us online at naturalsciences.org. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm and Sunday, 12-5pm. General admission is free. The Museum is an agency of the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dee Freeman, Secretary.

Publish Date: 
Friday, February 17, 2012