Tag Archives: Denisova hominin

DNA from a 400,000 year old hominin from Spain decoded

The Max Planck team have now taken a giant leap backwards in time in extracting and analysing an almost complete mitochondrial genome sequence of a 400,000-year-hominin. The specimen is from Sima de los Huesos, a unique cave site in Northern Spain. The results show that it is related to the mitochondrial genome of Denisovans, extinct relatives of Neandertals in Asia. Continue reading

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Origins of spoken language pushed back to 500,000 years ago

Could spoken language -instead of originating with AMH some 50,000 -100,000 years ago – have originated with the common ancestors of AMH, Neandertals and Denisovans perhaps 500,000 years ago? Continue reading

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How Denis the hermit led to the Denisovans

The story of the the unravelling of the genes from a bone fragment of the finger of a little girl about 8 years old who “probably had dark hair, dark eyes, and dark skin” and who died in a cave in the Altay mountains of southern Siberia between 30,000 and 50,000 years ago. Continue reading

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