A species of human ancestor called Homo longi, or "Dragon Man," lived in China 146,000 years ago. It may have interbred with ancient humans.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
We’ve known for a long time that early humans interbred with Neanderthals and Denisovans, other early hominin species that co-existed with Homo sapiens. A new study indicates humans interbred with Denisovans more than once, showing that there were more interactions between these early hominin groups than we knew. This helps […]