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Genetics

24 December 2010

Genome of extinct Siberian cave-dweller linked to modern-day humans

Sequencing of ancient DNA reveals new hominin population that is neither Neanderthal nor modern human.

Sequencing of ancient DNA reveals new hominin population that is neither Neanderthal nor modern human.

An international team of scientists led by Svante Pääbo at the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, used a combination of genetic data and dental analysis to identify a previously unknown population of early humans, whom the researchers call "Denisovans." The name was taken from Denisova Cave in southern Siberia where archaeologists from the Russian Academy of Sciences recovered a bone in 2008.

 

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