Neanderthal Man

  • by Svante Pääbo
  • Narrated by Dennis Holland
  • 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A preeminent geneticist hunts the Neanderthal genome to answer the biggest question of them all: What does it mean to be human?
What can we learn from the genes of our closest evolutionary relatives? Neanderthal Man tells the story of geneticist Svante Pbo's mission to answer that question, beginning with the study of DNA in Egyptian mummies in the early 1980s and culminating in his sequencing of the Neanderthal genome in 2009. From Pbo, we learn how Neanderthal genes offer a unique window into the lives of our hominin relatives and may hold the key to unlocking the mystery of why humans survived while Neanderthals went extinct. Drawing on genetic and fossil clues, Pbo explores what is known about the origin of modern humans and their relationship to the Neanderthals and describes the fierce debate surrounding the nature of the two species' interactions.
A riveting story about a visionary researcher and the nature of scientific inquiry, Neanderthal Man offers rich insight into the fundamental question of who we are.
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the best book ever!

What made the experience of listening to Neanderthal Man the most enjoyable?

Pääbo is not only brilliant but funny and I have listened to the book twice in the last day and looked through the paper book again. This book taught me a lot and even made me laugh a fair amount.


What does Dennis Holland bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

It was great to get to listen to the book also since I could write a report on the subject at the same time as refresh my knowledge on the subject. Really nice to be able to do other things, like eat Nutella and think, while learning more also.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

twice. I didn't even sleep.


Any additional comments?

You just can't help getting obsessed with this subject. You just want to learn more and more.

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- Elanor

Human endevour behind Neathandal science.

Great insight into the trials and tribulations of peacing togetger the genetic story we share with our big brained, successful and ultimately enigmatic ancestors .
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- Louise

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-10-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios