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

Denisovans Web PagesEdit


  • 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 NewsEdit

Neanderthal Genome Shows Early Human Interbreeding, Inbreeding (2013)Edit

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

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

Ancient Denisvan DNA excavated in modern Pacific IslandersEdit

400,000 Year Old Fossils from Spain Provide Earliest Genetic Evidence of Neanderthals (2016)Edit

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