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Department of Evolutionary Genetics

Director: Prof. Dr. Svante Pääbo

The Department of Evolutionary Genetics studies the genetic history of humans, apes and other organisms. We are interested in both the forces that affect the genome directly, such as mutation and recombination, and in the effects of selection and population history.

The department consists of four tenured faculty members: Svante Pääbo, Mark Stoneking, Janet Kelso and Matthias Meyer; and two non-tenured members: Ben Peter and Benjamin Vernot. 

Genome Projects

The Department of Evolutionary Genetics has been working on a number of genome sequencing projects. Researchers of the department have sequenced and analyzed Neandertal genomes, a Denisovan genome and a bonobo genome.



Human dispersals during the Holocene

Evolutionary Genetics

Genomic evidence from ancient and modern human DNA indicates a complex history for human migrations


Meet the first Neandertal family

Evolutionary Genetics

Ancient genomes of thirteen Neandertals provide a rare snapshot of their community and social organization


Nobel Prize for Svante Pääbo

Evolutionary Genetics

The director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig is honoured for his…