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Ancient tools and DNA discovered in a Tibetan cave shed unprecedented light on humans’ most enigmatic ancestor, the Denisovans

In a Tibetan cave, anthropologists discovered tools and DNA from ancient human ancestors called Denisovans. They found that Denisovans adapted to living in a high-altitude, low-oxygen environment about 120,000 years before modern humans in the region did. Modern-day Tibetans may have inherited some of those genetic adaptations. Last year, scientists […]
Ancient tools and DNA discovered in a Tibetan cave shed unprecedented light on humans’ most enigmatic ancestor, the Denisovans
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Ancient humans interbred with a mysterious archaic population 700,000 years ago, a study found — it’s the earliest known mating between different human species

Our human evolutionary lineage includes many species and relatives, including Neanderthals and Denisovans. Scientists already knew that modern humans interbred with Neanderthals and Denisovans 40,000 to 60,000 years ago. But a new study showed that the ancestors of Neanderthals and Denisovans also interbred with a mysterious population of ancient humans […]
Ancient humans interbred with a mysterious archaic population 700,000 years ago, a study found — it’s the earliest known mating between different human species
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A 160,000-year-old jaw from a human ancestor was found in a Tibetan cave. It might explain why Tibetans are able to live at high altitudes today.

Scientists have discovered a 160,000-year-old jawbone from an ancient human ancestor in a cave in Tibet. A new study identified the jawbone as originating from a member of the Denisovan group of hominin ancestors. Denisovans were an enigmatic offshoot of Neanderthals whose fossilized remains had previously been found only in […]
A 160,000-year-old jaw from a human ancestor was found in a Tibetan cave. It might explain why Tibetans are able to live at high altitudes today.