Research report 2018 - Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
A Neanderthal-Denisovan “Intermarriage”
Slon, Viviane; Pääbo, Svante
Max-Planck-Institut für evolutionäre Anthropologie, Leipzig
SummaryIn prehistoric times, two distinct groups of hominins inhabited Eurasia: Neanderthals in the west and Denisovans in the east. We sequenced the genome of an approximately 90,000-year-old female individual from Russia and discovered that she had a Neanderthal mother and a Denisovan father. This shows that individuals from these two groups occasionally mixed. Together with previous evidence that Neanderthals and Denisovans mixed with early modern humans, this shows that throughout history, humans from different groups have always mixed.