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Denisovan Cave


At some point in the past, far distant from this week’s release of the Event Horizon Telescope picture of a gargantuan 55-million-year-old black hole in an ancient elliptical galaxy, a distinct branch of human evolution, the Denisovans, disappeared, but not before interbreeding with modern humans. Today, people in places like East Asia and New Guinea still carry fragments of Denisovan DNA. Over the past decade, the Denisova Cave in a valley in the Altai Mountains of southern Siberia has yielded fossils harboring DNA dating back 200,000 years.


“Offspring!” –Evidence Discovered of Two Species of Ancient Humans “That Separated From Each Other More Than 390,000 Years Ago”

The new finding “is sensational” says Johannes Krause, who studies ancient DNA at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany. “Now we have the love child of two different hominin groups, found where members of both groups have been found. It’s quite a lot of things happening in one cave through time.”



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