January 27, 2012
Here’s a fun slide show of an expedition in Siberia, where a 30,000-year old tooth was found in a cave, that is neither that of a Neanderthal nor a Homo sapien – it’s from an a newly-discovered relative of humans today.
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December 22, 2011
Bence Viola from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig discovered the tooth fragments together with Russian colleagues in the Denisova Cave in the Altai Mountains. Initially, he thought the inconspicuous-looking object was the molar of a cave bear. But when the remaining fragments of the tooth turned up, it became obvious that the researchers had found the tooth of a hominid. It was too large, however, to be from a modern man or Neanderthal. When the researchers finally succeeded in decoding the DNA of the tooth, their suspicion was confirmed: It hailed from a previously unknown early human species living in Asia at least 30,000 years ago.