Chris Stringer explains oldest DNA find

Scientists have discovered the oldest known genetic material ever to be recovered from an early human. Matthias Meyer and colleagues extracted mitochondrial DNA from the femur of a 400,000-year-old human ancestor in a cave known as the Pit of Bones in the Sierra de Atapuerca in northern Spain. Professor Chris Stringer from the Natural History Museum in London describes the significance of the discovery.

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  1. alfy says:

    We still have the problem that when the discovery of the Denisovans was made it was assumed that they were limited to E Asia. The Spanish findings indicate that they were in southern Europe as well, and perhaps all points between the two. We know too, that the Neanderthalers were quite widely distributed. It may be that there were two advanced species of Homo with wide distributions from across Europe to Asia living contemporaneously. The problem of disentangling their relationships may be bigger than previously imagined.

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