Illustration of Neandertal & human skull.
Why DNA was probably not the driving force of molecular evolution in a pre-biotic environment.
How can one use mutations to track human evolution?
Mutations in our DNA can be used to trace the relationships between different populations and species.
Comparison of genetic diversity in humans and chimpanzees, using sequences from 811 humans and 332 chimps.
What molecular genetics tells us about the Neandertal relationship to modern humans.
An image representing DNA amplified from Neandertal bones.
Human origins expert Chris Stringer talks about the beginning of the hominid family tree using an exhibit currently installed at the Dolan DNA Learning Center, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
Some mutations are starting points for evolution, others are responsible for disease.