NEW Science Discovery: Ancient Fossil’s DNA Reveals First-Known Offspring of Neanderthal Mum and Denisovan Dad

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Neanderthal and Denisovan DNA was sequenced completely for the first time in 2010, which led to the initial discovery that explains lots in a history of mankind.

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First-known child of Neanderthal and Denisovan

A group of scientists revealed on Wednesday that distinct ancient human species may have mingled and interbred happily and one study proves it. A DNS sequence of a 90,000-year-old bone fragment found in Siberia showed signs of interbreeding between Neanderthals and another prehistoric group of human relatives known as Denisovans.

This is the first time scientists have identified an ancient individual whose parents belonged to distinct human groups. The findings were published on 22 August in Nature.

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Neanderthals lived in Europe and Asia, while fossils of Denisovans have so far only been uncovered from the Siberian cave where the fragment was found.

A small piece of bone from Siberia cave has been identified as the remnant of a child whose mother was a Neanderthal and father was a Denisovan, a mysterious human ancestor that lived in the region.

“To find a first-generation person of mixed ancestry from these groups is absolutely extraordinary,” says population geneticist Pontus Skoglund at the Francis Crick Institute in London. “It’s really great science coupled with a little bit of luck.”

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Given the patterns of genetic variation in ancient and modern humans, scientists already knew that Denisovans and Neanderthals must have bred with each other — and with Homo sapiens. But no one had previously found the first-generation offspring from such pairings.

Today, around two percent of DNA in non-Africans across the globe originates from humans’ Neanderthal ancestors.


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NEW Research: Ancient Fossil's DNA Reveals First-Known Offspring of Neanderthal Mum and Denisovan Dad
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NEW Research: Ancient Fossil's DNA Reveals First-Known Offspring of Neanderthal Mum and Denisovan Dad
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Neanderthal and Denisovan DNA was sequenced completely for the first time in 2010, which led to the initial discovery that explains lots in a history on mankind.
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