World’s oldest DNA is recovered from a 400,000-year-old thigh bone – and provides a new jigsaw piece in the history of evolution

Scientist reconstructed the mitochondrial genome from two grams of bone They found early humans shared a common ancestor with the Denisovans This was suprising as early humans were thought to share a common ancestor with Neanderthals due to similar skeletal features By  Ellie Zolfagharifard PUBLISHED: 13:09 EST, 4 December 2013 |  UPDATED: 13:47 EST, 4…

Ancient humans ‘rampantly interbred’ with Neanderthals and a mystery species in Lord Of The Rings-style world of different creatures

Genome  analysis of Neanderthal and human-like group called  Denisovans It reveals  ancient bedfellows may have included  ‘mystery human ancestor’ Has been  likened to Lord Of The Rings world of creatures which  interbred By  Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 17:13 EST, 19  November 2013 |  UPDATED: 09:55 EST, 20 November 2013   Ancient humans rampantly indulged in …