NEWS: The Nobel Prize is awarded for research on human evolution

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to Svante Paabo of Sweden for his work on human evolution

The Nobel Prize in Phys­i­ol­o­gy or Med­i­cine has been award­ed to Svante Paabo of Swe­den for his work on human evolution.

The award com­mit­tee said he had accom­plished the “seem­ing­ly impos­si­ble” task of unrav­el­ing the genet­ic code of Nean­derthals, one of our extinct relatives.

He also accom­plished the “sen­sa­tion­al” feat of dis­cov­er­ing a pre­vi­ous­ly unknown hominid called Denisova.

His dis­cov­er­ies helped us explore our own evo­lu­tion­ary his­to­ry and how humans spread across the globe.

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