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Sunday, 2 June 2019

The word 'Denisovan' is sometimes mentioned in media in reference to

  By GK Planet Team       Sunday, 2 June 2019
Q. The word 'Denisovan' is sometimes mentioned in media in reference to
  1. fossils of a kind of dinosaurs
  2. an early human species
  3. a cave system found in North-East India
  4. a geological period in the history of the Indian subcontinent
Answer: An early human species

Denisovan

  • The Denisovans or Denisova hominins are archaic humans in the genus Homo. They may be an extinct species or subspecies.
  • They were first discovered in March 2010 in the Denisova Cave in the Altai Mountains in Siberia. This cave that has also been inhabited by Neanderthals and modern humans.
  • A finger bone fragment of a juvenile female was discovered. She lived about 41,000 years ago, with about 3% to 5% of the DNA of Melanesians and Aboriginal Australians and around 6% in Papuans deriving from Denisovans.
  • So far, the fossils of four distinct Denisovans from Denisova Cave have been identified through their DNA: Denisova 2, Denisova 3, Denisova 4, and Denisova 8. Denisova 2 and Denisova 3 are young females,and Denisova 4 and Denisova 8 are adult males.
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