Genome Of Ancient Denisovans May Help Clarify Human Evolution


New technology enabled scientists to obtain a high-precision genetic sequencing of the extinct Denisovan people, a relative of humans.Our ancestors didn't walk alone: Neanderthals and other ancient peoples shared Earth with them tens of thousands of years ago.

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    Experts have provided the grisly goods to back up 17th-century accounts of cannibalism during the Jamestown colony's "starving time" — including a skull that shows signs of being chopped at and pried apart. "Our team has discovered partial human remains before, but the location of the discovery, visible damage to the skull and marks on the bones immediately made us realize this finding was unusual," Bill Kelso, chief archaeologist of the Jamestown Rediscovery Project in Virginia, said in a news release issued Wednesday. More
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  • Ancient tooth suggests Denisovans ventured far beyond Siberia
    Molar found in Laos could be the first fossil evidence that the hominin species was far-ranging and able to adapt to different climates.
    05/17/2022 - 6:20 am | View Link
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  • How Science and Genetics are Reshaping the Race Debate of the 21st Century
    by Vivian Chou figures by Daniel Utter Donald Trump’s election as the 45th President of the United States has been marked by the brewing storms of racial conflicts. A rise in racial incidents ensued in the immediate aftermath of Trump’s victory in November 2016. Since the beginning of 2017, over 100 bomb threats have been made against Jewish community centers and schools. Trump’s travel ...
    05/16/2022 - 4:14 am | View Website
  • Archaic Homo – Explorations
    The Discovery of the Denisovans. The Denisovans are named after the cave in which they were discovered, the Denisovan Cave in the Altai Region of Siberia. Denisovans were initially identified as a distinct group based on analysis of mtDNA sequences indicating that they had haplotypes outside the range of variation of modern humans and Neanderthals.
    05/14/2022 - 4:31 am | View Website
  • Taíno: Indigenous Caribbeans
    These ancient remains were claimed to be Ainu, European, African, Australian Aborigines, Melanesian , and Polynesian by Skull morphology only. Well DNA studies if the whole genome proves that only the direct ancestors of the modern Native Americans, populated the Americas, any one else is just a delusional fantasy.
    05/14/2022 - 1:18 am | View Website
  • Religion and Science (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
    Bibliography Works cited. Al-Ghazālī, 11th century, Tahāfut al-falāsifa, translated by Sabih Ahmad Kamali as The Incoherence of the Philosophers, Lahore: Pakistan Philosophical Congress, 1963. Allport, Gordon W. and J. Michael Ross, 1967, “Personal Religious Orientation and Prejudice”, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 5: 432–443.
    05/10/2022 - 7:35 am | View Website
  • Opinion: Another species of hominin may still be alive | Hacker News
    The "Hall of Human Origins" at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. has a collection of hominim head sculptures titled "Meet your ancestors" [0]. They're definitely in the uncanny valley - super interesting to look at, but up close they're so lifelike and "almost human" that they're definitely a bit unsettling.
    04/19/2022 - 2:26 pm | View Website
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