sulawesi cave genome

Scientists Find “New Kind” of Ancient Human Fragmented parts of a human skull found in the Panninge cave. Credit: University of Hasanuddin

Scientists Find “New Kind” of Ancient Human

Paleogeneticists isolated DNA from the remains of a young woman who died in South Sulawesi about 7.3-7.2 thousand years ago and found that her genome contains fewer genes from Denisovans than most modern Australian Aborigines and Papuans. In addition, it belongs to a previously undescribed population of hunter-gatherers, whose ancestors may have come to Sulawesi before the Papuans, Australian, and Tasmanian aborigines.