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Molecular Analysis Reveals the Oldest Denisovan Fossils Yet

Max Planck Institute

By Dr. Katerina Douka, Samantha Brown

November 26, 2021

An international team, led by researchers from the Universities of Vienna and Tübingen, and the Max Planck Society, has identified five new human fossils from the key site of Denisova Cave in southern Siberia. The remains, which include three Denisovans and one Neanderthal,  were found in a secure and well dated ~200,000-year-old context. Surrounded by archaeological remains such as stone tools and food refuse, the finds shed light on the adaptation strategies of these early hominins as they spread across Eurasia.

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