In our continuing series of new and occasional interviews with archaeologist newsmakers, Rick Pettigrew interviews Eske Willerslev, a pioneer in evolutionary genetics, whose research team has made key breakthroughs in scientific understanding of ancient environments and evolutionary relationships.  In this interview, Willerslev discusses the basics of DNA analysis and recent advances in describing the chronology and movements of human populations out of Africa to the other continents around the world, including North and South America.

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Web links:


Eske Willerslev [Wikipedia)

Evolution of Modern Humans (YourGenome.org)

Human Evolution Evidence (Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History)

Human Evolutionary Genetics (Wikipedia)