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What Researchers Just Did
in This Cave Is a Marvel
Jun 25, 2021 10:57 AM CDT
What Researchers Just Did in This Cave Is a Marvel
It's most comprehensive study of ancient DNA extracted from sediment at single site
- As far as caves go, Siberia's Denisova Cave is a super prominent one, the place where scientists confirmed the existence of a species of hominins (we're one, as are Neanderthals) known as the Denisovans. But the prehistoric treasures the cave has given up have been few—just eight...
Scientists Recreate Skull of
Mysterious Neanderthal Cousin
Sep 20, 2019 12:09 AM CDT
Scientists Recreate Skull of Mysterious Neanderthal Cousin
DNA analysis yielded clues on Denisovans
- Scientists say they've deciphered features of the skull and some other details of a mysterious, extinct cousin of Neanderthals by analyzing its DNA. The genetic material came from the finger bone of a female member of the Denisovans, a population known mostly from small bone fragments and teeth recovered...
Humans Mated Outside
Our Species 3 Times
Mar 16, 2018 9:31 AM CDT
Humans Mated Outside Our Species 3 Times
Second instance of human-Denisovan interbreeding discovered
- Ancient humans weren't against knocking boots with other species: We know they had sex with Neanderthals . We also know they mated with the mysterious Denisovans, as some Australasians (those from Papua New Guinea in particular) have 5% Denisovan DNA. But a "breakthrough" study shows the interbreeding wasn't...
Scientists 'Very Excited' About
150K-Year-Old Baby Tooth
Jul 12, 2017 10:01 AM CDT
Scientists 'Very Excited' About 150K-Year-Old Baby Tooth
It's the oldest Denisovan fossil yet, found in a Siberian cave
- Scientists are "very excited" to learn more about a baby tooth that only the most sophisticated DNA dating tech can analyze. Some 150,000 years ago, a young girl lost her baby tooth, and it fell into the sediment of a cave in Siberia from which the first three...
Mastodon Bones Spark
Major Claim—and Major Doubt
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Apr 30, 2017 2:00 PM CDT
Mastodon Bones Spark Major Claim—and Major Doubt
Did humans live in California 130K years ago?
- Exactly how long have humans been in the Americas? A wealth of evidence suggests they arrived as early as 20,000 years ago, while the earliest record of modern humans in the world dates back 200,000 years to Africa (and they probably didn't leave until around 50,000...
How a Bit
of Cave Dirt
Apr 28, 2017 10:00 AM CDT
How a Bit of Cave Dirt Just Changed Archaeology
In first, scientists pull ancient human DNA from dirt
- The study of humans has long relied on bones to reveal human DNA. The problem is that those bones are hard to come by. As the
points out, scientists have only a finger bone and two teeth belonging to the Denisovans, cousins of Neanderthals. It's no wonder then...
Ancients' Skulls Pose a Puzzle
for Our Family Tree
Mar 6, 2017 7:32 PM CST
Ancients' Skulls Pose a Puzzle for Our Family Tree
They're not quite Neanderthal and not quite Homo sapien
- First, back in 2007, they found tools. Then, a bone. Now archaeologists who've continued to return to the same dig in Lingjing, China, report in the journal
that they've unearthed more than 40 separate skull fragments to pull together two partial skulls that date back 100,000...
Tibetans' Genetic Edge
Didn't Come From
Jul 3, 2014 9:09 AM CDT
Tibetans' Genetic Edge Didn't Come From Homo Sapiens
High-altitude fitness hails from an extinct hominid cousin, the Denisovans
- Tibetans are largely unique among humans for their ability to live comfortably at high altitudes. The Tibetan Plateau, nicknamed the "roof of the world," stands an average of 15,000 feet above sea level. That's just shy of 3 miles—making it the highest plateau on the...
Aug 31, 2012 12:00 PM CDT
Experts Decode Ancient Girl's Genome
Pinky bone reveals eye, hair color of child who lived 80K years ago
- You can tell a lot about someone from her finger bone—even if it's 80,000 years old. Using the bone, scientists were able to sequence an ancient Siberian girl's genome 31 times; now, they can tell you her hair, eyes, and skin color,
reports. (All were...
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