A new study has revealed an incredibly discovery: the Denisovans, an ancient ancestor of ours, had a segment of DNA that doesn’t come from any species currently known to science. This study suggests that there was some pretty serious interbreeding between this ancient human species and the other unknown species approximately 30,000 years ago in Europe and Asia. Adding to the mystery is the fact that beer wouldn’t be invented for another 25,000 years, so it’s not like we were all drunk or anything.
Chris Stringer, a paleoanthropolist at the London Natural History Museum has admitted that they don’t have any idea what the mystery species could be.
According to Mark Thomas, an evolutionary geneticist at University College London, this suggests that there may have been a great deal of hominid species living in Europe and Asia at the time. “What it begins to suggest is that we’re looking at a ‘Lord of the Rings’-type world – that there were many hominid populations.”
That’s quite the mystery! Who do you think the Denisovans were breeding with?
For an answer, see Dolores Cannon’s book – The Legend of Starcrash.