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Ancient Denisovan DNA excavated in modern Pacific Islanders


March 17, 2016

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Archaic Denisovan and Neanderthal DNA that persists in modern Pacific Islanders of Melanesia, far from the Siberian cave where Denisovan fossils have been found, is a source of information about early human history. Equally informative are genome regions where DNA from extinct, human-like species has vanished and been replaced with sequences unique to people. These large regions have genes for brain development, language and brain cell signaling.Full Story

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