The genetical history of humans and the great apes

  title={The genetical history of humans and the great apes},
  author={Henrik Kaessmann and Svante P{\"a}{\"a}bo},
  journal={Journal of Internal Medicine},
Abstract. Kaessmann H, Pääbo S (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany). The genetical history of humans and the great apes. J Intern Med 2002; 251: 1–18. 

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