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[In Depth] Close relative of Neandertals unearthed in China

Ever since their discovery in 2010, the extinct ice age humans called Denisovans have been known only from bits of DNA, taken from a sliver of bone in the Denisova Cave in Siberia, Russia. Now, two partial¬†skulls from eastern China are emerging as prime candidates for showing what these shadowy people may have looked like.¬†In a paper published on p. 969 of this issue, a Chinese-U.S. team presents 105,000- to 125,000-year-old fossils they call "archaic Homo." They note that the bones could be a new type of human or an…

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