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Scientists discover new human species in Siberia

The Local · 25 Mar 2010, 09:02

Published: 25 Mar 2010 09:02 GMT+01:00

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Experts at the institute published the sensational discovery on Wednesday in scientific journal “Nature,” comparing the genetic makeup of the Neanderthal species.

According to the article, the bone fragment was found by Russian researchers in 2008 in an isolated Siberian cave in the Altai Mountains, but they assumed that it was “nondescript.”

But DNA testing showed something different.

“The genetic data...reveal that the bone may belong to a previously unrecognised, extinct human species that migrated out of Africa long before our known relatives,” the magazine reported, adding that this suggests Ice Age humans were more diverse than previously believed.

While experts outside the study warned against jumping to conclusions about a new species, further research could mark the first time a new one has been found from DNA alone, the magazine said.

Svante Pääbo, the study's senior author and the director of evolutionary genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, tested the bone fragment's DNA sequences against others found in the region 156 times for accuracy.

The institute is now attempting to sequence the fragment's entire DNA genome, the article said. If they succeed, it will be the oldest human genome ever sequenced.

"It is clear we stand just in the beginning of many fascinating developments," Pääbo said.

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Your comments about this article

09:56 March 25, 2010 by dcgi
I can hear the creationists in the distance now, chanting their mantra..

"Show me the evidence, show me the evidence ..."
09:58 March 25, 2010 by William Thirteen
oh that explains some of the commenters here...
11:22 March 25, 2010 by Gaffers
You don't need evidence when you have faith. Evidence just gets in the way of "the truth" :-)
12:29 March 25, 2010 by ron1amr
I wonder why they say migrated out of Africa? Is it ever likely that maybe not all humans migrated out of Africa? Was it that Africa was the first land mass. Can any one explain this? Its fascinating with new technology and discoveries. And sometimes throwing away all the books and starting again.
17:29 March 25, 2010 by biker hotel harz
Finger you say? Interesting
09:40 March 27, 2010 by alstonfered
Is it a human race competent...because to me it sounds impossible.Else it could be some kind of alien body.

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