First Denisovan Outside Denisova
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Fantastic, and the first of many I suspect. These folks appear to have occupied large parts of East and South Asia, and possibly New Guinea prior to and during our ancestors’ arrival. They were the first homo species to have been known by their genetic presence before any fossil finds, outside of the tiny fragment of finger phalanx from which their genome was obtained, and revealed in 2010.
I also placed a reconstruction of the Denisovan jaw and dentition next to another recent unidentified jaw found in Asia. The results are intriguing....
I never heard of them before that test
Great video btw
One interesting thing about that group, according to current thinking, is that part of the group seem to have turned west toward Europe and contributed genes to modern European populations, and another part mixed with the ancestors of people who wound up in the Americas. This produces some greater genetic affinities between modern Europeans and Native Americans than between geographically closer modern Native Americans and modern Asian populations. If I’m remembering it correctly ;)