Research report 2019 - Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
First hominins on the Tibetan Plateau were Denisovans
Abteilung für Humanevolution, Max-Planck-Institut für evolutionäre Anthropologie, Leipzig
SummarySo far Denisovans were only known from a small collection of fossil fragments from Denisova Cave in Siberia. Together with researchers from China Jean-Jacques Hublin from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology describes a 160,000-year-old hominin mandible from Xiahe in China. Using ancient protein analysis the researchers found that the mandible’s owner belonged to a population that occupied the Tibetan Plateau in the Middle Pleistocene and that was closely related to the Denisovans from Siberia.