The existence of the Denisovans was announced in Nature in 2010. This group of archaic humans was first discovered through a tiny fragment of a pinky bone found in Denisova Cave in Siberia. Ancient DNA inside the fossil hid a previously unknown history of humankind. Now new research is uncovering more about the mysterious Denisovans.
In this episode of Origin Stories, Leakey Foundation grantee Dr. Bence Viola tells the story of the Denisovans and shares the most recent new twists to their exciting tale. Dr. Viviane Slon shares her story of an astounding discovery made through ancient DNA from another small shard of bone from Denisova Cave.
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Thanks to Bence Viola and Viviane Slon for sharing their work on this episode.
This season of Origin Stories was made possible by support from Dixon Long, Diana McSherry, Jeanne Newman, Camilla Smith, and donors like you!
Credits: Edited by Julia Barton. Produced, hosted, and mixed by Meredith Johnson.