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Entire genome of extinct human decoded from fossil
Date:2/7/2012

ble to use this genome to discover genetic changes that were important for the development of modern human culture and technology, and enabled modern humans to leave Africa and rapidly spread around the world, starting around 100,000 years ago" says Pbo. The genome is also expected to reveal new aspects of the history of Denisovans and Neandertals.

The group plans to present a paper describing the genome later this year. "But we want to make it freely available to everybody already now" says Pbo. "We believe that many scientists will find it useful in their research".

The project is made possible by financing from the Max Planck Society and is part of efforts since almost 30 years by Dr. Pbo's group to study ancient DNA. The finger bone was discovered by Professor Anatoly Derevianko and Professor Michail Shunkov from the Russian Academy of Sciences in 2008 during their excavations at Denisova Cave, a unique archaeological site which contains cultural layers indicating that human occupation at the site started up to 280,000 years ago. The finger bone was found in a layer which has been dated to between 50,000 and 30,000 years ago.


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Contact: Svante Paabo
paabo@eva.mpg.de
49-341-355-0500
Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
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