Denisovan ancestry and population history of early East Asians
Benjamin M Peter,
Posted 03 Jun 2020
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/2020.06.03.131995 (published DOI: 10.1126/science.abc1166)
Posted 03 Jun 2020
We present analyses of the genome of a ~34,000-year-old hominin skull cap discovered in the Salkhit Valley in North East Mongolia. We show that this individual was a female member of a modern human population that, following the split between East and West Eurasians, experienced substantial gene flow from West Eurasians. Both she and a 40,000-year-old individual from Tianyuan outside Beijing carried genomic segments of Denisovan ancestry. These segments derive from the same Denisovan admixture event(s) that contributed to present-day mainland Asians but are distinct from the Denisovan DNA segments in present-day Papuans and Aboriginal Australians. ### Competing Interest Statement The authors have declared no competing interest.
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