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Fourth Denisovan fossil found

A fourth fossil of an individual belonging to the extinct hominin species known as the Denisovans has been found in Siberia. Now, scientists have revealed that they have a fourth Denisovan fossil — a "baby tooth" that likely fell from the jaw of a 10- to 12-year-old girl, said study lead

Denisovan DNA extracted from ancient teeth

Researchers have managed to extra DNA from some large Denisovan teeth found in Siberia's Denisova Cave. "I thought, 'Oh, that actually looks very human-like,'" he recalled in an interview with CBC News. But when the rest of the tooth was found, he began to have doubts. "I thought, 'This is too big.

Archaic human genome mapped

Scientists have sequenced the genome of of the Denisovans, a human ancestor, using a tiny finger bone, the only fossil record of the people, found in a cave in Siberia. The sequencing is so complete that researchers have as sharp a picture of this ancient genome as they would of a

New type of ancient human found

Evidence of a previously unknown type of human, named the Denisovans, which roamed throughout Asia has been found. A genetic study suggests they may have interbred with modern humans. In fact, living Pacific islanders in Papua New Guinea may be distant descendants of these prehistoric pairings, according to new analysis of

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