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The DNA of a cave girl who lived about 80,000 years ago has been analysed in remarkable detail.
The picture of her genome is as accurate as that of modern day human genomes, and shows she had brown eyes, hair and skin.
The research in Science also sheds new light on the genetic differences between modern humans and their closest extinct relatives.
The cave dweller, a Denisovan, was a cousin of the Neanderthals.
Both groups of ancient humans died out about 30,000 years ago, but have left their mark in the gene pool of modern people.
The most detailed genetic analysis yet of the Denisovans also confirms that they bred with the ancestors of some people alive today, the researchers said.
It shows that about 3% of the genomes of people living today in Papua New Guinea come from Denisovans, with a trace of their DNA lingering in the Han and Dai people from mainland China.
The genetic variation of Denisovans was very low, suggesting that although they were found in large parts of Asia their population remained small. Read more.
Editor’s comments: As many of the inhabitants of Papua New Guinea are not descendents of Adam and Eve, who lived 6000 years ago, hence they do not have the Original Sin and do not need Jesus, may peace be on him, for their vicarious atonement and salvation.
Developments in biology have pushed the Christian dogma out of the realm of rationality during the last two centuries. However, popular imagination of the Christians and even the non-Christians has not yet caught up with the scientific realities.