Denisovan: Closely related to the Neanderthals, thought to have been interbred with ancestors from New Guinea, but also contain DNA from Africa along the coast of South Asia. DNA was sent off to Harvard scientists who concluded that the finger bones related to a hominin branch that split from the ancestors of Neanderthals approximately 400,000 years ago. yicks! Scientists are not able to completely define Denisovan’s but they believe, that this group was very successful in living their everyday lives. The only DNA scientists have of the Denisovan’s comes from fingers, and a wisdom tooth, limiting their scientific work.

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Above: Discovery site of some of the Denisovan fingers and teeth.

Above: Teeth of the Denisovan.

Above: Neanderthal, thought to be a close relative to the Denisovan, Denisovan may have similar features, but still unknown.

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2 Responses to Denisovan

  1. Megan M. says:

    Good attempt at trying to understand the Denisovans – this is new research that is only out in the last month, so it’s not even in your textbook.

  2. Innovative idea for an anthropology course!

    I’ve recently written a blog-post about Denisovans, Neandertals, and the admixture findings – with special reference for how this fits into Introduction-to-Anthropology. It could be useful:

    Neandertals, Denisovans, and Anthropology 101

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