A fossil found in Russia proved that Neanderthals and Denisovans had intermingled and interbred tens of thousands of years ago before they went extinct. Neanderthals and Denisovans are the closest relatives of modern humans.
Ancient August 23, 2018
The Denisovans and ancient humans interbred at least twice. Here are some of the traits in modern humans that are linked to genes inherited from the extinct hominin species.
Ancient March 17, 2018
A new study revealed that ancient humans mated with the Denisovans not just once. Denisovans are related to the more famous hominids species, the Neanderthals.
Ancient March 16, 2018
New discoveries show modern humans have likely dispersed into the Asian continent 60,000 years earlier than previously thought. Researchers said that the "Out of Africa" human migration theory may need to be revised.
Ancient December 11, 2017
Neanderthal DNA from a femur offers scientists proof that a small human group left Africa and disappeared long before the ancient human migration that spearheaded modern human population. Learn more about the new piece of the puzzle.
Ancient July 5, 2017
Archaeologists found ancient human DNA belonging to the Neanderthals and the Denisovans in several caves in Europe, like the Vindija Cave in Croatia. The DNA samples were recovered not from human fossils, but from cave sediments preserving mitochondrial DNA.
Ancient May 1, 2017
A new technique for DNA recovery allows for collecting ancient DNA even without solid bone fragments or fossils. Could this new method shed light into the mystery of human evolution?
Ancient April 29, 2017
The DNA of extinct human relatives have been found in cave mud along with the DNA of animals. How does the technique for finding the DNA of Neanderthals and Denisovans without skeletons work?
Ancient April 28, 2017
Two partial skulls found in China may have belonged to the now extinct group of humans called Denisovans. Researchers only have a few tangible evidence that can prove this Neanderthal cousin once existed.
Ancient March 5, 2017
Neanderthals are believed to have died out 40,000 years ago. Yet through their Neanderthal DNA, they still have a say in the health and appearance of modern humans, reminds a new study.
Ancient February 25, 2017
Modern humans owe several of their strengths such as immunity and skin color to the ancestors’ interbreeding with other human forms such as Neanderthals and Denisovans. This was revealed in a new study.
Ancient November 12, 2016
Melanesians who live in the South Pacific carry genes of an extinct human species. Researchers said the hominid species is not likely Neanderthal or Denisovan.
Ancient October 31, 2016
A new genome study revealed that our modern human ancestors have interbred not only with Neanderthals, but also with another extinct line of humans called Denisovans. The DNA of both species still lives on up to the present time.
Animals March 18, 2016
DNA from hominin bones that were found at a Spanish excavation site offers earliest genetic evidence of the Neanderthals. The findings could mean that the homo antecessor and not the homo heidelbergensis could be the common ancestor of modern humans, Denisovans and Neanderthals.
Animals March 16, 2016
Neanderthal DNA helped evolve the modern human immune system, researchers suggest. However, it may have made some people more prone to allergies, they say.
January 8, 2016
The fossilized molar belongs to a Denisovan, a sister group to the Neanderthals.
Animals November 19, 2015
Researchers found that an extinct race of human species may have lived in Siberia's Altai mountains. Known as Denisovans, their DNA suggests that they are genetically more diverse than the Neanderthals.
Animals November 17, 2015
Researchers from UC Berkeley analyzed and compared genome of Tibetans to genome of Denisovans, close relatives of Neanderthals, and found nearly identical match of gene mutation for surviving extremely high altitudes.
Life July 4, 2014
Genes from a long-extinct human lineage may have given modern humans in Tibet their adaptation to high altitudes. Gene is also sometimes called 'super athlete' gene.
Animals July 3, 2014
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