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Daughter of a Denisovan Father and a Neanderthal Mother, or Modern Humans as Product of Ancient Hybridization

Denisova Cave in the Altai Mountains has brought to the world another archaeological sensation: paleogenetic studies have revealed that the tiny fossil-bone fragment discovered in 2014 belongs to a first-generation offspring of two different representatives of the genus Homo—Denisovans and Neanderthals. This discovery was first announced at the International Symposium “The Origins of the Upper Paleolithic in Eurasia and the Evolution of the Genus Homo,” held in July 2018 at the Denisova Cave Research...

Modified: 26.08.2018
paleogenetics , hominid , Neanderthal , Denisovan , primitive man , Denisova Cave , paleolith , anthropogenesis , human evolution , Ancient Hybridization
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In search of the lost genomes

One day, we may then be able to understand what set the replacement crowd apart from their archaic contemporaries, and why, of all the primates, modem humans spread to all comers of the world and reshaped, both intentionally and unintentionally, the environment on a global scale. I am convinced that parts of the answers to this question, perhaps the greatest one in human history, lies hidden in the ancient genomes we have sequenced The human genome is contained in chromosomes that are present...

Modified: 26.06.2018
paleogenetics , mitochondrial DNA , nuclear DNA , hominid , Neanderthal , Denisovan
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The man's family tree has branched out

The discovery of a previously unknown ancient hominid, based on paleogenetic data, was included by “Science” magazine into the list of the most important advances of the last two years. By analogy with the Neanderthal man, this new species was named the Denisovan after the site where the anthropological ...

Modified: 19.06.2018
paleogenetics , mitochondrial DNA , nuclear DNA , hominid , Neanderthal , Denisovan
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The Pleasure of Discovery, or a Hunt for Hominins

The material is based on the articles by Prof. Anatoliy P. Derevyanko and Prof. Mikhail V. Shunkov, published in different years in SCIENCE First Hand When Alexey Pavlovich Okladnikov was asked what he valued most in life, he replied it was the pleasure of a new discovery. Recently I was asked a similar question, and I understood that no archaeologist can formulate the gist of our profession better. Certainly, big ideas do not spring out of nowhere, researchers come to them step by step. Any discovery...

Modified: 19.06.2018
paleogenetics , mitochondrial DNA , nuclear DNA , hominid , Neanderthal , Denisovan
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The Pleasure of Discovery, or a Hunt for Hominins

When Alexey Pavlovich Okladnikov was asked what he valued most in life, he replied it was the pleasure of a new discovery. Recently I was asked a similar question, and I understood that no archaeologist can formulate the gist of our profession better. Certainly, big ideas do not spring out of nowhere, researchers come to them step by step. Any discovery requires numerous validations, which is the usual practice. When we go on expeditions, we do not seek for something absolutely unknown; normally...

Modified: 27.10.2017
paleogenetics , mitochondrial DNA , nuclear DNA , hominid , Neanderthal , Denisovan
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The man’s family tree has branched out

The discovery of a previously unknown ancient hominid, based on paleogenetic data, was included by “Science” magazine into the list of the most important advances of the last two years. By analogy with the Neanderthal man, this new species was named the Denisovan after the site where the anthropological ...

Modified: 18.12.2012
paleogenetics , mitochondrial DNA , nuclear DNA , hominid , Neanderthal , Denisovan
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Homo Altaiensis?

... Neanderthals and 2 Neanderthals discovered by Russian scientists in Teshik-Tash (Uzbekistan) and in Okladnikov Cave in the Altai (only a hundred kilometers from Denisova cave). Judging by the results of comparison of the mtDNA genome nucleotide sequences, the hominid of Denisiva Cave is twice as distant from anatomically modern humans as the Neanderthals are and, at the same time, is as different from the Neanderthals. Using special mathematical techniques, the scholars have evaluated the time when the evolution ...

Modified: 30.08.2010
Pleistocene , Palaeolith , geochronology , paleogenetics , mitochondrial DNA , hominid
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