7200-year-old DNA suggests Denisovans bred with humans on Sulawesi

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By Michael Marshall

Fragmentary remains of the human skull_CREDIT University of Hasanuddin

Fragments of a human skull found on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia

University of Hasanuddin

For the first time, DNA has been obtained from the bones of a Stone Age person who lived on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The genetic information sheds light on the prehistory of the South-East Asian islands – including what happened when our species, Homo sapiens, first reached the area.

Sulawesi is one of the largest islands in South-East Asia, the region between the Asian mainland and Australia. On the island’s South Peninsula, researchers have excavated a cave called …

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