A model of the face of an adult female Homo erectus. Reconstruction by John Gurche, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

Scientists Say A Mystery Species Bred with Ancient Humans in Distant Past

A new study of the genomes of Australasians has revealed sections of DNA that do not match any known hominin species. The dramatic findings mean that a mystery species bred with ancient humans in the distant past and that our family tree is much more complex than previously believed.

New Scientist reports that the unknown species bred with early human ancestors when they migrated from Africa to Australasia.  

The surprising finding, published in the journal Nature Genetics, was made by Jaume Bertranpetit at Pompeu Fabra University in Spain and his colleagues, who examined the genomes of living Indigenous Australians, Papuans, people from the Andaman Islands near India, and from mainland India.  The results revealed sections of DNA that did not match any previously identified hominin species.

“These DNA sequences are not present in the genomes of living Europeans or east Asians,” reports New Scientist, “suggesting that the ancestors of these people met and bred with a mystery hominin in south Asia or the Pacific region, who left their genetic legacy in the area’s present-day populations.”

One theory is that the mystery species was Homo erectus, which was present in Asia between about 1.8 million and 33,000 years ago. However, there is no DNA from Homo erectus with which to compare to the samples from current Australasian populations.

Homo erectus tautavelensis skull

Homo erectus tautavelensis skull (public domain)

Alan Cooper of the University of Adelaide, Australia, has raised the possibility that multiple unknown hominin species may have contributed to the unidentifiable DNA segments. “Asia is a bit of a nightmare in terms of the number of different groups that were running around at the same time,” said Cooper [via New Scientist].

The results echo previous findings from 2013 in which the genome of one of our ancient ancestors, the Denisovans, was found to contain a segment of DNA that came from another species currently unknown to science.

Scientists launched into a flurry of discussion and debate upon hearing the study results and immediately began speculating about what this unknown species could be.  Some suggested that a group may have branched off to Asia from the Homo heidelbernensis, who resided in Africa about half a million years ago. They are believed to be the ancestors of Europe's Neanderthals.  However, others, such as Chris Stringer, a paleoanthropologist at the London Natural History Museum, admitted that they “don’t have the faintest idea” what the mystery species could be.

Denisova cave in Russia, where researchers found teeth and finger bones, which enabled the mapping of the Denisovan genome

Denisova cave in Russia, where researchers found teeth and finger bones, which enabled the mapping of the Denisovan genome (public domain)

Both sets of findings indicate that our family tree is far more complex than previously believed and likely involved the interbreeding between multiple hominin species, many of which we may never find traces of.

Top image: A model of the face of an adult female Homo erectus. Reconstruction by John Gurche, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History (public domain)

By April Holloway


Yes, it would have been great to have Fukushima a 1,000 years earlier along with Chernobyl, Bikini Atoll, etc; etc. You soul-less satan worshipers keep saying how great things are because your fat, stinky and pathetic asses do not live in a disaster area, yet. Missiles and depleted uranium ammunition are now strewn across the globe to make sure that unholy and immorally stunted troglodytes like yourself never escape out into the vastness of such a grand creation as this universe. "Do not give pearls (planets like this one) to pigs (you and your kind) because they can only trample them into mud and rend He who gave it to them." That is Love speaking to evil and setting your place in eternity; dark and alone. Your father is the liar and first murderer. With each passing day your DNA is being erased from the Book of Life. You see, your father was tossed out of space like a lightening bolt during Passover of 1651 near Nuremberg, Germany and quarantined to earth. Those of us who confess that Yeshua is Messiah with our mouths will not suffer Judgment and the second death. This planet is slated as a prison and to be recommissioned as a lake of fire for those who climb down Jacob's ladder instead of up. How do we climb up? Love thy neighbor as thy self. It is not in you.

Even if we are, who are we? Of whom or what do we exist, or do we? If there is a God, He may be the only one capable of truly knowing of His own existence, if He does. Maybe shouldn't be presumptuous, here, unless we are, of course. Claiming to know what may be unknowable, for all we know, seems like it may be an exercise in futility, though I seem reluctant to be sure of that, like what seems to seem like about everything else.
I am convinced of the possibility of the manifestations of which you seem to speak, but also of the possibility that everything may be cherished accomplishments of righteousness within the mind and perhaps body(if so we represent) of what we seem to shorthand as "God" under however many pen or pseudonyms, the entire concept being unkenable or specious regarding our capacity, in and of ourselves, to be able to pronounce any reasonably accurate opinion, other than to say, maybe perfect.
Things may only be able to be precisely as they are, otherwise, seemingly obviously perfect things would probably be impossible, and yet, Who's to know for sure, if They do. Up to Them, I would seem to think likely. Might not want to know, but if They do, it seems as if I would be in support of whatever is necessary in the continuance of existence, eternally, should it be deemed desirable by Whomever might have something important to say about such a choice, should there be any.
Whatever seems required in this pursuit might be perfect.
If not, perhaps the best any of us could do would be to apologize, but that might be counterproductive, other than as a balm to our "selves," while entering into denial of Whom we may really be, regardless of whom we seem to think we are, or seem to believe we are.
Gratitude seems to be in the forecast, perhaps inevitably!

Actually I think it was 1840 something that Satan/Lucifer was denied any more traveling access to the heavens...(visiting the council, etc). He lost his title to the Earth, though he still possesses it to a degree, with Christ's sacrifice.
Time wise, what folks don't understand, mainly because the two are cramed into one in the book of Genesis as if Moses didn't have the complete story, is that there were two creations, one happened before the rebellion, where all the angels rejoiced ...and those that the Sumerians say were miners....the second being the Adam and Eve we are more familiar with, and where the rebellion had taken place and the Serpent dwelled in the Garden of Eden as well ... Apparently that particular being was the one the Sumerians called Enki, whos symbol is that of the serpent and the two entwined serpents that represent the DNA strand. Apparently the modification that Enki offered them interfeared with some of their original DNA. Note, the order of creation is different with the two genesis stories though the writer attempted to combine them. In the second, domestic animals are created AFTER Adam and Eve and brought to them.

Some of the DNA damaged first creation undoubtedly survived, and hence, Cain went off to the land of Nod to take a wife. So there were other settled or semi settled lands in existence at the same time of Adam and Eve's first offspring becoming adults.

"Some of the DNA damaged first creation undoubtedly survived, and hence, Cain went off to the land of Nod to take a wife. So there were other settled or semi settled lands in existence at the same time of Adam and Eve's first offspring becoming adults."

I have seen a similar concept proposed before. YHVH is portrayed as talking to other gods throughout Genesis, so it has been suggested that YHVH was trying His hand at creating His own people (He was originally a war god, not a creation god after all) and the original sin was actually body modesty - so only those born with an unnatural sense of embarrassment when seen naked are descendants of adam and Eve, the rest of us are descended from a superior creation.

Interesting. Awful lot of hate in that rant, buddy. Looks like you will not escape judgement either.


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