View Full Version : Humans living 40,000 years ago in Beijing area related to present day Asians

Mister D
01-24-2013, 03:43 PM
An international team of researchers including Svante Pääbo and Qiaomei Fu of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, sequenced nuclear and mitochondrial DNA that had been extracted from the leg of an early modern human from Tianyuan Cave near Beijing, China. Analyses of this individual's DNA showed that the Tianyuan human shared a common origin with the ancestors of many present-day Asians and Native Americans. In addition, the researchers found that the proportion of Neanderthal and Denisovan-DNA in this early modern human is not higher than in people living in this region nowadays.


The genetic profile reveals that this early modern human was related to the ancestors of many present-day Asians and Native Americans but had already diverged genetically from the ancestors of present-day Europeans.


01-24-2013, 05:16 PM
I saw that article. Good stuff.

02-12-2013, 03:20 AM

The traces of Denisovan DNA can be mostly found among the present-day populations in Southeast Asia and it's estimated that Native Australians are around 7% Denisovans genetically (Reich et al. 2011) and many Southeast Asians are of mixed Neanderthal-Denisovan ancestry while East Asians are known to carry 3% of Neanderthal DNA with no Denisovan admixture.