Denisovans: Our Mysterious Cousins That Made Us Better

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During most of the past 2 million years or so, there were several species of hominins on Earth at any given time. Like, you might be familiar with our famous extinct cousins, the Neanderthals. But since 2010 we’ve been uncovering evidence of another mysterious cousin that we lived alongside, the Denisovans!

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Images:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Homo_sapiens_neanderthalensis.jpg
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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Neanderthaler,_Oase,_Rum%C3%A4nien_(Daniela_Hitzemann).jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Neandertaler_reconst.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dermoplastie_de_la_Femme_de_Flor%C3%A8s_par_Elisabeth_Dayn%C3%A8s,_2007.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Denisova_Phalanx_distalis.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Asia_laea_relief_location_map.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Denisova_4_Denisovan_molar_2.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Xiahe_mandible.jpg
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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Denisova_Cave_lithic_and_osseous_artifacts.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sapiens_neanderthal_comparison_en_blackbackground.png
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