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Denisova Cave

Ancient Humans Bred with Completely Unknown Species

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A new study presented to the Royal Society meeting on ancient DNA in London last week has revealed a dramatic finding – the genome of one of our ancient ancestors, the Denisovans, contains a segment of DNA that seems to have come from another species that is currently unknown to science. The discovery suggests that there was rampant interbreeding between ancient human species in Europe and Asia more than 30,000 years ago. But, far more significant was the finding that they also mated with a mystery species from Asia – one that is neither human nor Neanderthal. 

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 have 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.

Traces of the unknown new genome were detected in two teeth and a finger bone of a Denisovan, which was discovered in a Siberian cave. There is not much data available about the appearance of Denisovans due to lack of their fossils' availability, but the geneticists and researchers succeeded in arranging their entire genome very precisely.

"What it begins to suggest is that we're looking at a 'Lord of the Rings'-type world - that there were many hominid populations," Mark Thomas, an evolutionary geneticist at University College London.

The question is now: who were these mystery people that the Denisovans were breeding with?

By April Holloway



“Some have suggested that a group may have branched off to Asia from the Homo heidelbernensis, who resided in Africa about half a million years ago.” 



I believe this mysterious human species is the race of human that descend directly from Adam and Eve. I believe before Adam and Eve came to Earth, there was other proto-human species that already roamed the Earth. But this proto-human is very primitive. Their intelligent level is a little better than a monkey who know how to use tools.

If you look at human history, there's a mysterious sudden leap of intelligence that happen around 60,000 years ago. In a very short time span, the human stopped living in a cave and started to build dwellings. human stopped hunting and gathering and started to do agriculture. Human arts changed from a simple drawings on the cave wall into an elaborate drawings and carvings. They also started to adopt religion and culture.

What I think happen is around 60,000 years ago is Adam and Eve came to Earth. Soon, their descendents started to grew in numbers and they started to expand. They began to made contact with the proto-human species. This descendents of Adam, gifted with intelligence, started to teach this proto-humans agriculture, architecture, religion, culture etc. Soon they started to live together and interbred. And so the modern human came to being, with the Adam race being this mysterious human species.

Answer is not known but speculative at best, DNA answers direction from where we came but also perplexes our answer, upon this I submitted my DNA to but suggest if we each decide to do submission we might find clearer answer toward our goal of learning where we originated. No one has answer unless you were the first upon planet, according to bible would be Adam, if he were alive how old would he be? 4 million years old? So if we extrapilate he existed, then we might suggest alien origin as we have no clue as to origin. If we look at DNA and science we come to agreement we are older than appears substantatively, as a species but science permits question of our origin only to determine focus not biblical skeptism against faith but might affirm if we learn to use scientific principles with theology in full context or we are just from experiments gone wrong. I prefer to remain ignorant but hope discovery toward actual knowledge of fact not speculative arguments please provide facts in argument not speculative argument. I submitted my DNA to and guesse what was discovered, I have 750+ relatives living across globe, who would have thought, but more interesting is King Goerge V was my great great grandfather, my DNA should be interesting to analyze against speculative arguments. I would love to know why I was given his accounts, as they are all dead I will never know why or for what purpose.

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As an informed observer, I find it difficult to understand various commentaries on the DNA investigations in discussion in this article. The reason is that we don’t know the functions of 90+ % of the content of the human genome, the socalled “garbage or blank areas”.  I think geneticists are getting ahead of themselves by only comparing markers between different DNA groups. It’s a dangerous practice to apply conclusions based on a study of a fraction, to the whole.

And then to attempt to measure socalled “TIMELINES”  by mutation markers is even a bigger folly. Time, per se,  doesn’t exist; it’s only mutation at biological, consciousness and mental levels. That which has come into existence can never be annihilated. That which has not existed before cannot come into existence. Yet the public at large thinks that time is the sole agent of change in the universe. That’s what scientific findings have succeeded in doing to the human mind. Lead it astray!

There were no alien visitors manipulating human DNA as some people have noted above. 

The truth is that people of prescience periods were neuropsychically more advanced because their minds were not insidiously conditioned over 200-300 years, by the scientific inventions of “Time”, “Money’ and “Mathematics”, like we currently are. Whether this is good or bad for society in the long run, future generations will find out. They’ll either laugh or cry at their misfortune.

Why can science not explain how the pyramids of Egypt  were built? How was precision cutting of rock achieved with soft copper chisels, if they were at all used? How were the 35 million pieces of heavy stone blocks lifted?

Another question:  Say the universe exists with all the galaxies, blackholes and dark matter. But there is no intellegence around, to  see it and know it.

Does the universe exist? Science says “yes”. In whose mind or intelligence does the universe exist? Isn’t Mathematics a blessing for science?

Ravi Sadana


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Ravi Sadana

Goodness! I must say mate i always am totally amazed with all your opportunity to draw me into a really comprehensive blog. Still cannot comprehend the concept, although i admit which i read it again and again again.


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April Holloway is a Co-Owner, Editor and Writer of Ancient Origins. For privacy reasons, she has previously written on Ancient Origins under the pen name April Holloway, but is now choosing to use her real name, Joanna Gillan.

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