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A species of humans in Asia that interbred with modern humans.

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Classification[edit | edit source]

  • Order Primates (Primates) - Mammals with long arms.
    • Family Homonidae (Homonids)
      • Genus Homo (Homo) - The human genus.
        • Species Heidelbergensis (Heidelberg Man) -- Thought to be the direct predecessor to modern humans.
        • Species Neanderthal (Neanderthals) - The closest known extinct species to humans.
        • Species Sapiens (Modern Humans) - Anatomically modern humans.
        • Species Denisovans (Denisovans) - A species of humans in Asia that interbred with modern humans.

Denisovans In the News[edit | edit source]

Neanderthal Genome Shows Early Human Interbreeding, Inbreeding (2013)[edit | edit source]

First high quality of Neanderthal genome created (from a 50 TYO Neanderthal woman's toe in Denisova Cave), allowing for comparison between modern humans and Denisovans.
See also Neanderthals, Denisova Cave, Modern Humans, Denisovans, Neanderthal-Denisovan Divergence, Neanderthal-Denisovan Common Ancestor - Modern Human Divergence, Neanderthal - Cro-Magnon Contact, Neanderthal-Denisovan Interbreeding

World Map of Neanderthal and Denisovan Ancestry in Modern Humans (2016)[edit | edit source]

Study creates map of Neanderthal and Denisovan ancestry. Denisovan interbreeding thought to occur 100 generations after Neanderthal.

Ancient Denisvan DNA excavated in modern Pacific Islanders[edit | edit source]

400,000 Year Old Fossils from Spain Provide Earliest Genetic Evidence of Neanderthals (2016)[edit | edit source]

Fossils of uncertain ancestry found to be early Neanderthal
See also Neanderthals, Denisovans, Sima de los Huesos
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