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Denisovans and Neanderthal lineage diverges. Neanderthal DNA with mitochondrial DNA closer to that of a Denisovan put this split before 430 TYA when that fossil was created.

Neanderthal-Denisovan Divergence Web Pages[]

Classification[]

  • Quaternary Period (2.58-0.00 MYA) - The current Period. The age of humans. This time is the "current ice age", the Quaternary Glaciation.
    • Holocene Epoch (11.7-0 TYA) - The current epoch. The age of modern man. The current interglacial of the Quaternary Glaciation.
    • Pleistocene Epoch (2.58-0.0117 MYA) - The previous epoch. Includes the beginning of the Quaternary Glaciation, several inter-glacials, up until the beginning of the current interglacial.
      • Tarantian Age (126-11.7 TYA) - The Late Pleistocene. Defined as the beginning of the Eemian Interglacial until the end of the last glacial period of the last ice age.
      • Ionian Age (781-126 TYA) - The Middle Pleistocene. Neanderthals developed in this era (400 TYA). The earliest known human DNA dates to this time as does the beginning of the extinction of large mammals (132 TYA).
        • Event: Neanderthal-Denisovan Divergence (Over 430 TYA) - Denisovans and Neanderthal lineage diverges. Neanderthal DNA with mitochondrial DNA closer to that of a Denisovan put this split before 430 TYA when that fossil was created.

Neanderthal-Denisovan Divergence In the News[]

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

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.
Split put at 300K here
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

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

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