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Cave girl was half Neanderthal, half Denisovan


Posted on Thursday, 23 August, 2018 | Comment icon 6 comments

Homo sapiens also interbred with other hominins in the distant past. Image Credit: Randii Oliver
Scientists have identified the first known example of first-generation interbreeding between two extinct hominins.
The discovery was based on an analysis of fossilized bones unearthed in a cave in Siberia.

The girl, who was thought to have been 13 when she died around 90,000 years ago, has been determined to be the offspring of two different hominin species - Neanderthal and Denisovan.

"To find a first-generation person of mixed ancestry from these groups is absolutely extraordinary," said geneticist Pontus Skoglund from the Francis Crick Institute in London.

"It's really great science coupled with a little bit of luck."

Interbreeding between different hominin species is certainly nothing new. Previous studies have revealed that modern humans are part Neanderthal and/or Denisovan, depending on nationality.

We are even thought to carry the DNA of other prehistoric hominins currently unknown to science.

Source: Sky News | Comments (6)

Tags: Neanderthal, Denisovan

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Comment icon #1 Posted by paperdyer on 23 August, 2018, 19:55
Very Interesting!  Here's a link to another article on this .https://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2018/08/prehistoric-female-had-denisovan-dad-neanderthal-mother?et_cid=6433038&et_rid=617257597&type=headline&et_cid=6433038&et_rid=617257597&linkid=https%3a%2f%2fwww.laboratoryequipment.com%2fnews%2f2018%2f08%2fprehistoric-female-had-denisovan-dad-neanderthal-mother%3fet_cid%3d6433038%26et_rid%3d%%subscriberid%%%26type%3dheadline    
Comment icon #2 Posted by DieChecker on 25 August, 2018, 6:10
I think Neanderthals were the last human species that was really Tolerant. Modern humans have shown over and over, even if we say we are being tolerant, we are not. We hate and attack, even when we preach otherwise. This is really interesting. I was reading about it, and they think that the Denisovans probably were very widespread in Asia when modern humans started moving out of Africa and into Asia. I also thought it was interesting that I read that most people have 1% to 3% of neanderthal DNA, but not everyone has the same genes. Experts think as much as 20-25% of the total DNA genome may be... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by TripGun on 27 August, 2018, 13:51
Bet that was an ugly baby. 
Comment icon #4 Posted by Myles on 27 August, 2018, 14:45
They try to make it sound like it was a romantic night.    Chances are that it was rape.   My guess is that at that time, most pregnancies were the result of rape.  
Comment icon #5 Posted by MissJatti on 30 August, 2018, 7:33
Denisovans could be the last link in pyramid building and the stonehenge area 
Comment icon #6 Posted by poohbear on 30 August, 2018, 8:22
I agree...the bloke was probably clubbed into submission....those Neanderthal women were ugly Mothers....  


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