AP Biology Gang With Svante Pääbo, The World's Most Famous Evolutionary Geneticist

California Academy of Sciences
February 20, 2003
Note the cauliflower in Anton's hand and the Far Side Cartoons on the wall; there is no doubt this is a serious group of biologists.

Back Row: Roey, Laura, Svante, Anton
Front Row: Hammack, Erik, Bo

What We Learned
By extracting mitochondrial DNA from ancient Neanderthal bones Svante determined we are not directly related to Neanderthals. In fact, our closest common ancestor was 500,000 years ago. If you want to know about our relationship with the cauliflower you will have to ask Anton.