Neanderthal mother, Denisovan father!

Newly-sequenced genome sheds light on interactions between ancient hominins.

The 'Denisova 11' long bone fragment. T. Higham, University of Oxford

MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE FOR EVOLUTIONARY ANTHROPOLOGY—Together with their sister group the Neanderthals, Denisovans are the closest extinct relatives of currently living humans. “We knew from previous studies that Neanderthals and Denisovans must have occasionally had children together”, says Viviane Slon, researcher at the MPI-EVA and one of three first authors of the study. “But I never thought we would be so lucky as to find an actual offspring of the two groups.”

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