Tooth Analysis Suggests Neanderthals and Modern Humans Split Apart Far Earlier Than We Thought

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Dental evidence suggests Neanderthals and modern humans diverged from a common ancestor around 800,000 years ago—hundreds of thousands of years earlier than standard estimates. The finding could finally reveal the provenance of our shared ancestry, but some experts say the new evidence is unconvincing.

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https://gizmodo.com/tooth-analysis-suggests-neanderthals-and-modern-humans-1834852081

Jawbone Fossil Reveals More About the Denisovans, a Mysterious Species that Mated With Modern Humans

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In 2010, archaeologists found evidence of a previously unknown hominin, the Denisovans, in a Siberian cave. Researchers are now reporting the discovery of a 160,000-year-old Denisovan jawbone pulled from a cave on the Tibetan Plateau. The fossil is now the first evidence of this mysterious human species outside of…

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https://gizmodo.com/jawbone-fossil-reveals-more-about-the-denisovans-a-mys-1834444888

Neanderthals and Denisovans Shared a Siberian Cave for Thousands of Years, New Research Suggests

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Denisova cave in southern Siberia was home to Neanderthals and Denisovans for thousands of years, but questions remain about the timing of their stay. A pair of new studies traces the history of archaic human occupation at the site, showing who lived there and when—including a possible era during which the two…

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https://gizmodo.com/neanderthals-and-denisovans-shared-a-siberian-cave-for-1832195445