Potential Denisovan Skull Candidate Discovered

Potential Denisovan Skull Candidate Discovered
Potential Denisovan Skull Candidate Discovered

Scientists from China described a skull found in 1933 and suggested that it may belong to a Denisovan man.


The work was published in the journal Science. The skull was found by a Chinese peasant back in 1933 in the vicinity of Harbin. But only in 2018 it fell into the hands of scientists. The remarkable thing is that the skull is perfectly preserved. But his dating floats - from 138 to 309 thousand years ago.

Reconstruction of the skull showed that its owner had a low forehead, a huge brow, a very wide face, a large nose, extremely large second molars (but the third ones were either not there at all, or they were small). Anthropologists once called it Homo longi, suggesting that they had discovered a new species of Homo.

But the new work of Chinese scientists casts doubt on the existence of this species and suggests that anthropologists hold nothing more than the skull of the most mysterious representative of the genus Homo - the Denisovan, which until now was known mainly by DNA, as well as by the tooth and phalanx. finger found in the Denisova cave in Altai.

As proof of their conjecture, the authors cite the example of a comparison of the size of the teeth: one was found in the aforementioned cave, and the second was preserved in the studied skull. In his article on the site Antropogenesis.ru, the famous Russian anthropologist Stanislav Drobyshevsky commented on the discovery, noting that scientists did not provide convincing evidence in favor of the idea.

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