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  • "Ancient humans, dubbed 'Denisovans', interbred with us."

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12059564
    "Fail, to succeed."

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    I, too, heard of this news today. But as I dug more deeply into various releases of this news, I became more confused about two issues. First, was the finger bone found, completely unique? Was it unique from the Neanderthal bones that were found in the same cave? Or was the DNA a hybrid of Neanderthal and Denisovan. And has any evidence been found that indicates this variety homo genus DNA been found in the region of Europe. It appears evidence has only been found in Siberian Caves and the Melanesian area of the Pacific.

    I think the real news is the fact that they can now analyze the DNA of a bone and determine the variation of homo genus. There may be more revelations to come.

    In other late news, researchers in Spain ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12049854 ) announced that a Neanderthal family had been cannibalized, and I wondered whether the Denisovan offspring might have been somebodies dinner. After all, they only found a finger and, if, the DNA of the finger was totally different from the other remains, they probably weren't family.

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