Genetic history of an archaic hominin group from Denisova Cave in Siberia
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- Genetic history of an archaic hominin group from Denisova Cave in Siberia
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- Reich, David
Green, Richard E.
Patterson, Nick et al
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- Archaeology ( local )
Comparative Genomics ( local )
- serial ( sobekcm )
- Using DNA extracted from a finger bone found in Denisova Cave in southern Siberia, we have sequenced the genome of an archaic hominin to about 1.9-fold coverage. This individual is from a group that shares a common origin with Neanderthals. This population was not involved in the putative gene flow from Neanderthals into Eurasians; however, the data suggest that it contributed 4â€“6% of its genetic material to the genomes of present-day Melanesians. We designate this hominin population â€˜Denisovansâ€™ and suggest that it may have been widespread in Asia during the Late Pleistocene epoch. A tooth found in Denisova Cave carries a mitochondrial genome highly similar to that of the finger bone. This tooth shares no derived morphological features with Neanderthals or modern humans, further indicating that Denisovans have an evolutionary history distinct from Neanderthals and modern humans.
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- Nature, Vol. 468 (2010-12-23).
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- University of South Florida Library
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- University of South Florida
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