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Evo in the news: Making sense of ancient homonin DNA


Denisova Cave, where the fossil finger was discovered. Photo provided by ЦуваевНиколай at ru.wikipedia and shared via Creative Commons.

When archaeologists discovered a 40,000 year old pinky bone in a Siberian cave, everyone wondered who the bone belonged to. Researchers extracted DNA from the fossil and used it to construct an evolutionary tree to see how the pinky bone's owner was related to modern day humans and Neanderthals. Scientists were surprised by what they found — read more about it in this month's Evo in the news: Making sense of ancient homonin DNA.

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