Friday, December 24, 2010


Denis the hermit didn't know
his cave held distant cousins:
ex-Africa Siberia hominins—
Neanderthals' eastern John Does.
These remnants of ancient breeds
lived on in his human genes.

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Siberian Fossils Were Neanderthals’ Eastern Cousins, DNA Reveals (NY Times); 'Denisovans' shared Asia with Neanderthals and modern humans 30,000 years ago (The Guardian); Denisova Cave (Wikipedia)