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The Mysterious Denisovan Fossils of Siberia

Saturday, November 30, 2013    

An odd and provocative announcement appeared November 19th in various science and nature magazines, such as, http://www.nature.com/news/mystery-humans-spiced-up-ancients-sex-lives-1.14196. The article is about the genetic sequencing of two fossil finds from the same cave site in Siberia, one from a Neanderthal (H. sapiens neandertalensis) and a finger bone from a Denisovan female specimen discovered in 2008. The previously unknown species is named after the Denisova Cave. Because both the Denisovan and Neanderthal genomes come from bones discovered in the same cave, they are thought to be “cousins.”  Read More