TV News LIES

Wednesday, May 23rd

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News Science Fossil Finger DNA Points to New Type of Human

Fossil Finger DNA Points to New Type of Human

Fossil finger DNA points to new type of humanContinued study of an approximately 40,000 year old finger bone from Siberia has identified a previously unknown type of human — one that may have interbred with the ancestors of modern-day Melanesian people.

The fossil scrap — just the tip of a juvenile female’s finger — was discovered in 2008 during excavations of Denisova cave in Siberia’s Altai Mountains. Anatomically, it looks like it could have belonged to a Neanderthal or a modern human.

But, in an initial announcement published in April in Nature, a team of scientists led by geneticist Svante Pääbo of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology concluded the bone belonged to a distinct population of humans that last shared a common ancestor with Neanderthals and our species about a million years ago.

The new study, published by Pääbo and colleagues Dec. 22 in Nature, provides further evidence that Denisova cave was home to unique humans. The researchers analyzed genetic sequences recovered from the nuclei of cells, which offer better resolution of relationships than the mitochondrial samples used in the previous research

. The Denisova DNA sequences were closest to the Neanderthals, indicating they shared a more recent common ancestor with Neanderthals than with us.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


NASA launches InSight lander toward Mars

NASA launches InSight lander toward MarsIn a first for the West Coast, an Atlas 5 rocket boosted a robotic Mars lander...

NASA to launch satellite looking for 20,000 new exoplanets

NASA to launch satellite looking for exoplanets NASA is set to launch the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) on Monday, starting a new...

NASA Mars Mission Faces Setback After Heat Shield Cracks Under Pressure

NASA setback: heat shield on Mars probe cracks A critical part of NASA's next $2 billion rover mission to Mars broke during testing earlier...

Stephen Hawking: Visionary physicist dies aged 76

Stephen Hawking World renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76. He died peacefully at his...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!