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Steve 25 August 2018 04:20 PM

Her Mother Was Neanderthal, Her Father Something Else Entirely
In a limestone cave nestled high above the Anuy River in Siberia, scientists have discovered the fossil of an extraordinary human hybrid.

The 90,000-year-old bone fragment came from a female whose mother was Neanderthal, according to an analysis of DNA discovered inside it. But her father was not: He belonged to another branch of ancient humanity known as the Denisovans.

thorny locust 25 August 2018 06:39 PM

I'm not in the least surprised. Humans are an outcrossing species.

(I am a little surprised that they were lucky enough to come across this particular piece of bone.)

WildaBeast 25 August 2018 07:47 PM

My brain just keeps wanting to complete that sentence with "...and her father smelt of elderberries."

Esprise Me 25 August 2018 07:59 PM

I'm sure he would've smelt of something. I often marvel at how long our species not only survived, but grew despite the lack of showers and toothbrushes.

mbravo 25 August 2018 09:37 PM

This is so neat. I love learning about other hominin species.

ChasFink 27 August 2018 03:27 PM

Am I the only one who thinks "the Denisovans" sounds like some radical Russian religious group?

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