Ancient Pinkie Reveals Your New Relatives
DNA helps decode history of Denisovans
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 23, 2010 1:12 PM CST
This 2005 photo provided by the journal Nature shows participants in an archaeological conference inside of Denisova cave in Altai Mountains of southern Siberia, where the pinkie was found.   (AP Photo/Nature, Johannes Krause)

(Newser) – A 30,000-year-old finger is pointing the way to a population of humans experts never knew existed. The pinkie bone, discovered in southern Siberia in what's known as the Desinova Cave, contains DNA that scientists used to sequence the entire genome of the young girl it belonged to, NPR reports.

It shows the population of so-called Denisovans were more like Neanderthals than modern humans. The genome also reveals a relatively close relationship with today’s people of New Guinea, suggesting the Denisovans lived all over the world.

View 2 more images
More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Ancient Pinkie Reveals Your New Relatives is...
3%
1%
89%
2%
4%
2%
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Comments
Showing 3 of 9 comments
Just_Dave
Dec 24, 2010 8:55 AM CST
I am ssssoooooo disappointed there was not a 'your mama' joke in this thread. WE can do better. I'll start.... Your momma is so dumb she has to study for a urine test. Your momma is so fat I took a picture of her last Christmas and it's still printing. Your momma is so fat she got arrested at the airport for 10 pounds of crack. Your momma is so fat when she dances at the concert the whole band skips. Your momma is so fat she fell in love and broke it. Yo mama sooo fat, she put on a pair of Guess jeans, and the answer popped out...... Yo mamma's glasses are so thick,that when she looks on a map she can see people waving. Yo mama so cross eyed, she started crying and tears rolled down her back. Yo momma is so old, her breast milk is powdered. Yo mama so stupid she asked you "What is the number for 911" Yo mama's so fat i had to take two trains and a bus just to get on the bitch's good side. Yo mama's so fat, when she go to the movies, she sits next to EVERYBODY. Yo mamma so ugly, when she walks in her trailer, the cockroaches run for cover. Yo mamma so fat she's on both sides of the family
TURDBUG
Dec 23, 2010 4:37 PM CST
Stasis: Why do you always have to bring politics in everything? Just askin' . . .
bird
Dec 23, 2010 4:15 PM CST
When they find the middle finger, it will probably tell a whole different story!!