Svante Paabo, a Swedish scientist, received this year's Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for his research on human evolution.

The Nobel Committee's secretary, Thomas Perlmann, made the announcement on Monday at Stockholm, Sweden's Karolinska Institute.

Paabo has led research examining the differences between the genomes of modern people and our nearest extinct ancestors,

the Neanderthals and Denisovans, demonstrating that there was interspecies mingling.

A week of Nobel Prize announcements began with the award for medical research. Tuesday's reward is for physics, followed by Wednesday's for chemistry and Thursday's for literature.

The economics prize will be awarded on October 10, while the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize will be announced on Friday.

The cash awards for the prizes total 10 million Swedish kronor, or roughly $900,000. They will be distributed on December 10. The funds originate from a gift made by Alfred Nobel, a Swedish inventor who founded the award and died in 1895.