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Martinez et al., ʺTwo Middle Pleistocene Human Hyoid Bones from the Sima de los Huesos Site (Sierra de Atapuerca, Spain)ʺ —Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 21:07, 11 August 2009 (UTC)
"A child with craniosynostosis was found dated to 530,000 BP and provides evidence for food sharing in early humans." What does this mean? "British Petroleum"? "Before Plato"?Jonny Quick (talk) 20:34, 4 December 2013 (UTC)
A recent article in Nature magazine reports of Denisovan DNA in a 400,000-yr.-old femur found at Sima de los Huesos. This important find is mentioned in the Wikipedia Denisovans article, where the Nature article is referenced and discussed in the NYT of 2013.12.05 ("Baffling 400,000-Year-Old Clue to Human Origins").Kdammers (talk) 09:41, 5 December 2013 (UTC)
Not Denisovan, per se, but closer to Denisovan than to Neandertal. This line split from the Denisovan line much earlier than the Neandertal line split from the anatomically modern human line. There is a nice chart showing the relationship at Dienekes' Anthropolgy Blog (December 4, 2013) (which I am not linking because I'm not sure of the source for that chart). It is also notable that this is by far the oldest hominin mtDNA sequenced to date. As this is mtDNA, it tells us nothing about any subsequent breeding between lines, which apparently did occur between the Denisovan, Neandertal and AMH lines. -- Donald Albury 14:43, 6 December 2013 (UTC)
I think the Sima de los Huesos section should be updated with something on this. It's the oldest human DNA that has been analyzed. Iselilja (talk) 14:54, 6 December 2013 (UTC)
It would be nice if someone who has access to Nature could update based on the article, rather than relying exclusively on news reports (which filter the results in various ways). -- Donald Albury 17:29, 6 December 2013 (UTC)