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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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Everest's current average growth rate does not preclude earlier periods of faster growth. In fact, I think we all accept that abrupt and violent changes are the basic nature of geographical processes.

As for the question of where did all that water come from to make the Flood, well, recent discoveries suggest there is more than enough water beneath the mantle: http://www.jpattitude.com/140328.php. How that water was abruptly brought forth from so far underground, and then drained back away again, is a puzzle, admittedly.

on a very loosely generated average the ocean floor is about 2 to 3 miles deep.
Mount Everest is about 5.5 miles high and Mount Ararat is about 2.5 miles high.
If the world was flooded by 6 days and 7 nights of rain, how did the globe's water supply rise to 5 miles above where it is and then resend back down to where it is all within a week, month, year?
How did that much water appear on earth then evaporate away in such a short time.

Mount Everest is 5.4979 miles high
And it is growing at a rate of 2.4 inches per year as the two land masses are colliding into each other.
So how long would it take a mountain to rise to 5.4979 miles high while growing at a rate of 2.4 inches per year.
There are 63,360 inches in a mile times 5.4979 equals 348,347 inches high

Mount Everest is 348,347 inches high growing at a rate of 2.4 inches per year so I divide 2.4 into 348,347 inches to come up with 145,144 years.

It has taken Everest 145,144 years to go from sea level to it's current height.

But according to believers of the bible, the world is only 6,500 years old.

They found this mystery DNA in the Denisovan's tooth? Maybe it was something he ate.

has anyone mentioned the Anunnaki?They were the ones who genetically designed us

tiyohistud9's picture

Worth of being search further. Tracing human ancestors is always interesting.

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