Monday, January 17, 2011

FAQ on Denisova Hominin Fossil Found in s. Siberian Cave

Denisovian is the description of a hominin who has some Neanderthal characteristics, but at 40K BP is too new to be close to the Neanderthal genome, yet comprises its own niche in the pathway from mitochondrial Eve to ourselves. Or rather to about 4% of Melanesian DNA. Evidently, the Denisova tribe or clan or whatever was swept south before the final great glaciations to the South Asian islands. PNG and Bougainville specimens have a larger amount of their DNA in their genome than any other known group, including Australian aborigines.

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