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Scientists find 200,000-year-old remains of one of modern humanity’s ‘most recent ancestors’

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Our relatives were found, just in time for the holidays. The 200,000-year-old remains of a close kin to modern humans have been discovered in a cave in Siberia, Russia, according to a new study published last Thursday in the Nature, Ecology & Evolution journal. The Denisovans — “a sister population to the Neanderthals” — were identified just 10 years ago and very few physical remains have been found since, according to the abstract. The study points to the identification of five hominin bones that were found, including four that had enough DNA for mitochondrial analysis. Three of those bones w…

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