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Another Kind of Human March 29, 2010

Posted by bitchwantstea in News, Tech / Science.
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A mysterious species of ancient human has been discovered in a cave in Siberia.

Scientists say the human, nicknamed X-Woman, lived alongside our ancestors tens of thousands of years ago.

The discovery, which could rewrite our family tree, was made after analysis of DNA from a fossilised finger bone.

Experts believe the finger belonged to a child who died 48,000 to 30,000 years ago.

It was thought only two species of early humans lived at that time, ancestors of modern man and the Neanderthals, who died out soon afterwards.

But the DNA evidence published in the journal Nature reveals a third species.

Researcher Dr Svante Paabo said the code was different from that of Neanderthals and modern humans and was “a new creature that’s not been on our radar screens so far”.

So far, despite the ‘X-Woman’ nickname, it is not yet known if the DNA comes from a male or female.



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