August 10, 2011

Stone Age Toe to Redraw Human Family Tree?

Colin Barras, NewScientist

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ON THE western fringes of Siberia, the Stone Age Denisova cave has surrendered precious treasure: a toe bone that could shed light on early humans' promiscuous relations with their hominin cousins.

New Scientist has learned that the bone is now in the care of Svante Pääbo at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, who revealed the first genetic evidence of interbreeding between ancient humans and other hominins.

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TAGGED: Denisovans, Stone Age, Human Evolution