Siberian cave reveals secrets of its mysterious Denisovan inhabitants

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    Siberian cave reveals secrets of its mysterious Denisovan inhabitants

    Denisova cave in Siberia was home to an ancient group of humans – and now we get a glimpse of some of the beautiful artefacts they left behind

    Denisova cave

    Denisova cave

    Richard (Bert) Roberts

    By Colin Barras

    ALMOST a decade ago, researchers sequenced DNA from an ancient bone fragment to reveal that it belonged to a woman from an entirely new group of humans. After years of waiting, we are now getting our first glimpse of the only confirmed home of the Denisovans.

    Named after the Denisova cave in Siberia, where the ancient bone was found, these humans lived in Stone Age Eurasia alongside our species and the Neanderthals. Although we have discovered more about these people since the bone was discovered (see “Who lived in a cave like …

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