Meet the Denisovans

  • December 23, 2010 | Louis

    This is an unexpected Christmas present. A long lost relative of ours has been discovered in a cave in Russia, but I don’t think they’ll be joining in any festive celebrations…

    The ‘Denisovians’ were a species of humans that lived in Asia around 30,000 years ago. They lived alongside our ancestors and, judging by DNA evidence, bred with them too.

    Scientists aren’t sure when Denisovans disappeared from the scene, but they think it probably had something to do with us.

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Denisovans were identified from DNA in a tooth and a finger bone found in the Denisova cave in southern Siberia.

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