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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

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Where does the whole construct about "Man from Africa" derive from other than Phsy-ops Capitalist destroy our identity ideology?
Petralona Skull goes back 800 000 years.
There is no link or trace of the Denisovans to Africa.
Asian (Mongoloid) have Denisovan (Caucasoid) DNA at a time where there was no link to African Congoloid (West African) DNA
Celebrate the fact that there are different groups that exist in the World (above three) & celebrate our differences & Traditions - less fighting, less war, less arms sales.
If we're looking for commonality, let’s look for it in Morality & religion.
Shocking how Scientists preserve Myths & Fairy tales formulated in the Ivory tower of knowledge aka Universities.

Where does the whole construct about "Man from Africa" derive from other than Phsy-ops Capitalist destroy our identity ideology?
Petralona Skull goes back 800 000 years.
There is no link or trace of the Denisovans to Africa.
Asian (Mongoloid) have Denisovan (Caucasoid) DNA at a time where there was no link to African Congoloid (West African) DNA
Celebrate the fact that there are different groups that exist in the World (above three) & celebrate our differences & Traditions - less fighting, less war, less arms sales.
If we're looking for commonality, let’s look for it in Morality & religion.
Shocking how Scientists preserve Myths & Fairy tales formulated in the Ivory tower of knowledge aka Universities.

theyare talking about homosapiens breeding with an unknown species and you're worried about grammar wtf

"Knowledge is a matter of fact" - like manmade climate change? Who's facts? Such arrogance is amazing. Enjoy your leeches. . . Science today is nothing more than a tool for political expediency. You like facts? Most of the most brilliant, honest, and world changing scientists were in fact Christians. Darwin messed everything up and the quasi scientist jumped on the bandwagon claiming it as fact. All the while ignoring what Crick proved (evolution only works in reverse). Nothing is added to the existing subject, only removed (the wings lost when not needed, but already written into the DNA) - that is NOT evolution!

Height is a relative term. If the ocean floor deepens does that make Everest higher without Everest doing anything? As for the Bible (and any of the multitude of other literary creations); Religion is a matter of opinion, Knowledge is a matter of fact.

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