by Carl Wieland and Robert Carter
In 2008, a single finger bone, allegedly ‘30,000 years old’ and from a young girl, was found in Denisova Cave, an archeological site in southern Siberia. It looked like that of a modern human. Later, a solitary tooth was found that was said to look a bit different from both modern and Neanderthal teeth, and more like Homo erectus.1,2 DNA in both specimens (the preservation was “almost miraculous” according to one researcher) has yielded a draft genome, which shows the following:
- The two specimens were in fact from the same population, though from different individuals.
- The genome was neither typical of a modern person nor typical of a Neanderthal. It is regarded as coming from a distinct population, a ‘sister group’ to Neanderthals, dubbed the ‘Denisovans’.
- Denisovans like Neanderthals, have clearly intermingled with modern populations. In particular, some Melanesians found today in places such as Papua New Guinea share unique genes with the Denisovans. The Denisovans did not appear to mingle with the ancestors of other modern people, however, unlike Neanderthals, whose genes are found far and wide in places outside Africa.3
As with Neanderthals (from whom these Denisovans probably were a further splitoff), the evidence from hybridization scotches any notion that these were other than post-Babel descendants of Adam….
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