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Ancient DNA From Siberia Fingers a Possible New Human Lineage

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Science  26 Mar 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5973, pp. 1566-1567
DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5973.1566-b

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When an ancient-DNA expert gave his colleague a sample of a 40,000-year-old human finger bone from a Siberian cave, he had only one question: Was its mitochondrial DNA that of a Neandertal or a modern human? It was neither. The evolutionary geneticists have apparently identified a new lineage of ancient human, the first time that this has been done using ancient DNA and not fossil bones.