In 2018, researchers attempted to decode the genome of a hominid, believed to be a teenage girl from 90,000 years ago. The sample used was a inch-long sliver of bone, discovered in Denisova Cave in Siberia. The results were astonishing. /READ MORE// The Oldest Modern Finger In the Middle East
The girl’s father was Denisovan, as expected, but her mother was Neanderthal, which is a different species. Geneticists have found evidence of interbreeding within hominids, but this new find, which was announced in August’s Nature, is the first time a direct first-generation offspring of such a couple has been found.
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